This chapter addresses what I term the "connective memory work" carried out on Facebook page dedicated to achieving justice for Michael Brown, an African America teenager whose death at the gun of white police officer Darren Wilson in early August 2014 led to the Ferguson protests. The chapter outlines four types of connective memory work evident on the page. These types include the ‘memetic resurrection’ that involved the appropriation of iconic historical imagery alongside those of networked commemoration, digital archiving and curation, and crowd reconstruction. Central to this contribution the call to rethink the digital memory work practices of activists so as to integrate a concern for the agency of social media platforms themselves.
|Title of host publication||Social Movements, Cultural Memory and Digital Media |
|Subtitle of host publication||Mobilising Mediated Remembrance|
|Editors||Samuel Merrill, Emily Keightley, Priska Daphi|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 27-Mar-2020|
|Name||Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)|