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The Year Pop Died: Celebrity Grief, Memory, Media and Generation

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journal COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI
issue COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI - 2019 - 2. Generations, Time, and Media
title The Year Pop Died: Celebrity Grief, Memory, Media and Generation
author
publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 09-2019
doi 10.26350/001200_000065
issn 03928667 (print) | 18277969 (digital)
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In 2016 – the annus horribilis of pop – the death of music artists such as David Bowie, George Michael and Prince produced a prodigious amount of commemorative initiatives, both spontaneously and within the media and celebrity worlds, with an impressive level of online expressions of grief. Addressing these three cases within the framework of social generation studies, celebrity theory and death studies, the paper proposes some hypotheses on the role that the death of celebrities plays in the construction of generational identity as “discursive articulation” where specific media practices/representations (in our case, mourning practices) play a crucial role in making generational narratives group together around shared symbolic and semantic cores.

keywords

Media generation; celebrity death; online mourning; memory; popular culture

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francesca.pasquali@unibg.it

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