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Memory in the Wild: Trauma, Meaning, and Media Practices Public Deposited

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  • This study looks at the highly personal and individual experience of trauma as it occurs in the context of a rapidly increasing digital world. While Self-disclosure is not an unusual practice on social media (Masur et al,. 2023), trauma disclosure is certainly a practice that is still not entirely explored. Therefore, this study explores the ways in which expressions of trauma and suffering are taking place today on social media using Instagram as the main platform of study. The researcher argues that the way people live in media (Deuze, 2012) includes their attempt to bring their inner world of repressed trauma into a two-dimensional space that makes their pain visible. The data in this study reveals the different ways media technologies are being utilized as an external resource to navigate the heavy tasks of cognitive and emotional coping after trauma. As such, I argue that the concept of living in media now extends to the most strictly private experiences of grief, death, illness, pain, and suffering. More specifically, I argue that people resort to Instagram as a popular digital media platform to bring their traumas to public and collective witnesses and command recognition for their pain.

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  • 2023-08-06
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  • 2024-01-18
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