Defense date April 5th, 2018
Dr. Peter Simonson
This study examines representations of Amy Winehouse’s death in mass and social media to better understand the ritual of collective mourning in regards to celebrity death. It uses the concept of mediatization to characterize this ritual and the ways that media culture shapes representations and the formation of community within the rock ‘n’ roll culture. The study examines the tabloids’ narrative of Winehouse, as well as statements shared on social media, to better understand the media ritual of celebrity death. The implications of this study call for a closer look at the tabloid expression of celebrity death and a spotlight into the way community and culture form through communication in both mass media and social media.
Coben, Benna, "Another 27 Club Member: An Examination of Amy Winehouse’s Life and Death Through Lifestyle, Media, and Death Ritual" (2018). Communication Undergraduate Honors Theses. 3.