‘#hellobrother needs to trend’ : methodological reflections on the digital and emotional afterlife of mediated violence

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dc.contributor.author Harju, Anu A.
dc.contributor.author Huhtamäki, Jukka
dc.date.accessioned 2021-09-28T12:16:01Z
dc.date.available 2021-09-28T12:16:01Z
dc.date.issued 2021-08
dc.identifier.citation Harju , A A & Huhtamäki , J 2021 , ' ‘#hellobrother needs to trend’ : methodological reflections on the digital and emotional afterlife of mediated violence ' , International Review of Sociology , vol. 31 , no. 2 , pp. 310-341 . https://doi.org/10.1080/03906701.2021.1947951
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dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85112069678
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-8407-3981/work/100697089
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/334664
dc.description.abstract In March 2019, the first ever act of terrorist violence in New Zealand was live-streamed on social media, making many social media users unwitting witnesses to the massacre on their devices. The Christchurch mosque attacks revealed a particular digital and emotional vulnerability embedded in the digital media infrastructure. The last words of the first victim soon transmorphed into #hellobrother that, as a digital artefact, participated in shaping the emotional landscape. Combining real-time digital media ethnography on Twitter with data science and computational tools, this multi-method study has two aims: first and foremost, to develop and apply new methodology for the study of unexpected, mediated events as they unfold in real time; second, to explore post-death digital artefacts through the concept of digital afterlife that we approach through two complementary perspectives, data afterlife (the technological) and data as afterlife (the emotional). Adopting a relational perspective, we further develop the concept, and highlight the constitutive role of data in the emotional dimension of digital afterlife arising from its capacity to enter affective arrangements. The methodological contributions include development of a conceptual and technological framework for conducting data science as ethnography and the introduction of Tweetboard, a novel artefact for investigating digital afterlife. en
dc.format.extent 32
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof International Review of Sociology
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dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 113 Computer and information sciences
dc.subject data science
dc.subject computational methods
dc.subject 518 Media and communications
dc.subject digital media ethnography
dc.subject 5141 Sociology
dc.title ‘#hellobrother needs to trend’ : methodological reflections on the digital and emotional afterlife of mediated violence en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Media and Communication Studies
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1080/03906701.2021.1947951
dc.relation.issn 0390-6701
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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