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1. Digital Bereavement Articulating the Unheard Utterances... uncommonground4500.blogspot.com Spring 2010 2. Grief  Universal emotion  Traditionally:  Formal…
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  • 1. Digital Bereavement Articulating the Unheard Utterances... uncommonground4500.blogspot.com Spring 2010
  • 2. Grief  Universal emotion  Traditionally:  Formal public gatherings  Backstage emotion  Recently:  Digital bereavement  Frontstage utterances uncommonground4500.blogspot.com Spring 2010
  • 3. Memorializing Facebook uncommonground4500.blogspot.com Spring 2010
  • 4. The Big Question How does the use of Facebook profiles change depending upon the living-state of the profile holder? uncommonground4500.blogspot.com Spring 2010
  • 5. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN uncommonground4500.blogspot.com Spring 2010
  • 6. Profile Demographics  Gender  11 males  1 female  Circumstances  11 sudden deaths  1 chronic illness (treated as a special case)  Age  17 to 32 years uncommonground4500.blogspot.com Spring 2010
  • 7. Process  Sampling method  1 year of pre-death wall posts  All post-death wall posts  LIWC, SPSS, Wmatrix  Prominent punctuation, words, & parts of speech  Word categories uncommonground4500.blogspot.com Spring 2010
  • 8. Relevant Theories  Continuing Bond  People maintain a changed but continued relationship with the deceased  Uses and Gratifications  People actively choose to use certain media to gratify specific needs uncommonground4500.blogspot.com Spring 2010
  • 9. Predictions (for posts after death)  Complexity/Formality  Verb Tense  More - words per sentence,  More - past words per post, long words (>6  Less - future letters), periods, commas, exclusives  Pronoun Usage  Intimacy  More - personal pronouns (I, you, we)  More - family, friend, affect  Other  Emotion  More - religion, death,  More - positive space, time, relativity, motion uncommonground4500.blogspot.com Spring 2010
  • 10. PRELIMINARY RESULTS uncommonground4500.blogspot.com Spring 2010
  • 11. LIWC Results uncommonground4500.blogspot.com Spring 2010
  • 12. LIWC Results uncommonground4500.blogspot.com Spring 2010
  • 13. Wmatrix Results Top Results Interesting Results Pre-Death Post-Death Pre-Death Post-Death <name> miss lol miss lol you haha you haha love yeah love is always hey always if were hows peace 's and dude never get will should smile well peace yea all yeah much actually beautiful ithaca rip pic memories going missed yo heart soon rest kinda believe uncommonground4500.blogspot.com Spring 2010
  • 14. DESIGN IMPLICATIONS uncommonground4500.blogspot.com Spring 2010
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  • 16. Questions? uncommonground4500.blogspot.com Spring 2010
  • 17. Contact Information BLOG http://uncommonground4500.blogspot.com EMAIL uncommonground4500@gmail.com uncommonground4500.blogspot.com Spring 2010
  • 18. References  Hume, J., & Bressers, B. (2009). Obituaries online: New connections with the living -- and the dead. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 60(3), 255-271.  http://baywood.metapress.com/app/home/contribution.asp? referrer=parent&backto=issue,4,6;journal,1,238;linkingpublicationresults, 1:300329,1  Lombard, M., & Selverian, M. E. M. (2008). Telepresence after death. Presence: Teleoper. Virtual Environ., 17(3), 310-325. http://astro.temple.edu/~lombard/ teaching/m9505materials/P2006_Lombard3.doc  M. Massimi paper summary/abstract of his thesis: http:// research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/connect/CSCW_10/docs/ p521.pdf  Bruflat, R. Gone, but not forgotten: Long-term communciation strategies of bereaved families. Conference Papers -- National Communciation. http:// www.allacademic.com/meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/1/9/1/2/1/ p191217_index.html uncommonground4500.blogspot.com Spring 2010
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