Haunting Hands: Mobile Media Practices and Loss by Kathleen M. CumiskeyHaunting Hands: Mobile Media Practices and Loss by Kathleen M. Cumiskey

Haunting Hands: Mobile Media Practices and Loss

byKathleen M. Cumiskey, Larissa Hjorth

Paperback | August 7, 2017

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Haunting Hands looks closely at the consequences of digital media's ubiquitous presence in our lives, in particular the representing, sharing, and remembering of loss. From Facebook tribute pages during public disasters to the lingering digital traces on a smartphone of the deceased, thedigital is both extending earlier memorial practices and creating new ways in which death and loss manifest themselves. The ubiquity of digital specters is particularly evident in mobile media spanning smartphones, iPads, iPhones, or tablets. Mobile media entangle various forms of social, online anddigital media in specific ways that are both intimate and public, and yet the use of mobile media in contexts of loss has been relatively overlooked. Haunting Hands seeks to address this growing and important area by helping us to understand the relationship between life, death, and our digitalafter-lives.
Kathleen M. Cumiskey is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the College of Staten Island - City University of New York. Since 2003, Cumiskey has studied the social psychological consequences of the use of mobile media. Her work has been published in multiple journals (Feminist Media Studies, Media Asia) and as chapte...
Title:Haunting Hands: Mobile Media Practices and LossFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:August 7, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"The significance of mobile media is marked not by their ubiquity but by their deep embedding in everyday life, and evolving practices around of mortality, memory, and memorialization make this vividly clear. We could not hope for better guides to this complicated topic than Kathleen Cumiskeyand Larissa Hjorth. Subtle and sophisticated, Haunting Hands shows in intimate detail how media connect us - and shape our experience at the same time." --Paul Dourish, Chancellor's Professor of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine