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The Qualified SelfSocial Media and the Accounting of Everyday Life$
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Lee Humphreys

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037853

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037853.001.0001

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(p.73) 4 Remembrancing
The Qualified Self

Lee Humphreys

The MIT Press

This chapter explores the practice of remembrancing. Media traces have long been a tool for remembering activities and experiences. The chapter examines the various ways that people create media traces so-called mediated memories. Historically, one of the most common kinds of diary-keeping are travel journals. This was a way to record new events and experiences to savor at a later time and share with others. Similarly, today travel blogs and social media postings are both a way to share with others as well as relive these traces when returning home. Remembrancing is also a way to create media traces of particularly momentous events in our lives. The chapter explores the role of memorial photography and, in particular, postmortem infant photography as a means of understanding how and why we create traces of difficult experiences in our lives.

Keywords:   remembrancing, mediated memories, diary-keeping, travel journals, social media

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