Death and Digital Media provides a critical overview of how people mourn, commemorate and interact with the dead through digital media. It maps the historical and shifting landscape of digital death, considering a wide range of social, commercial and institutional responses to technological innovations. The authors examine multiple digital platforms and offer a series of case studies drawn from North America, Europe and Australia. The book delivers fresh insight and analysis from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on anthropology, sociology, science and technology studies, human-computer interaction, and media studies. It is key reading for students and scholars in these disciplines, as well as for professionals working in bereavement support capacities.

Publication Details

  • Publish Date: 2017
  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781138917965

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About the Author

James Meese is a Senior Lecturer at RMIT University. He holds an early career research fellowship from the Australian Research Council and is currently co-editing a collection with Sara Bannerman on the algorithmic distribution of news. James has also received research funding from the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network. His two books are Authors, Users, Pirates: Subjectivity and Copyright Law (MIT Press) and Death and Digital Media (Routledge, co-authored) and he has published work in a variety of leading journals.


Michael Arnold is Associate Professor and Head of Discipline in the History and Philosophy of Science Programme in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia.


Martin Gibbs is Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems and a member of the Interaction Design Lab (IDL) at the University of Melbourne, Australia.


Tamara Kohn is Associate Professor of Anthropology in the School of Social and Political Sciences and Coordinator of Gender Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne, Australia.


Bjorn Nansen is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

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