Sumiala, J. (2022). Mediated Death



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Social platforms have increased the daily public visibility of death, mourning, and the digital presence of the dead, and the domestication of these technologies has led to the emergence of new mourning practices (Pasquali et al., 2022). In this hypermediated and hybrid context of the shared world (Deuze, 2014), death is not only institutionalised but also frequently mediated and negotiated in journalism, entertainment, social networks and media, and streaming services. This is the starting point of the work Mediated Death by Johanna Sumiala.


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Biografía del autor/a

Bruno Frutuoso Costa, Iscte - University Institute of Lisbon, CIES-Iscte

PhD student in Communication Sciences and a postgraduate student in Data Analysis in Social Sciences at the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL).  His main areas of research include journalism, media, and gender studies, focusing on topics such as public space and news production, participation and the media, digital platforms and sociability, gender-based violence and hate speech, as well as the mediation of death and mourning rituals.,


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Cómo citar

Costa, B. F. (2024). Sumiala, J. (2022). Mediated Death. Revista De Comunicación, 23(1), 623–626.




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