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Haunting HandsMobile Media Practices and Loss$
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Kathleen M. Cumiskey and Larissa Hjorth

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190634971

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190634971.001.0001

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The Selfie Affect in Disasters

The Selfie Affect in Disasters

(p.123) 6 The Selfie Affect in Disasters
Haunting Hands

Kathleen M. Cumiskey

Larissa Hjorth

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, we explore the case study of mobile media and loss in the South Korean Sewol ferry disaster of 2014. This specific disaster was one in which mobile media featured, especially in terms of lingering incriminations from the mobile phones of the 250 drowned schoolchildren. We explore the ways in which grief and loss are culturally specific, including an array of various social responses, rituals, and cultural prescriptions. We trace a contextualized view of postmortem photography and the intimate and memorialized publics. As demonstrated in the Sewol disaster, mobile media practices like selfies and vlogs are being deployed by the soon-to-be-deceased, and thus become self-eulogies.

Keywords:   South Korea, selfies, postmortem photography, self-eulogies, Sewol disaster, parental grief

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