New ethical questions and social media: young people’s construction of Holocaust memory online

Walden, Victoria Grace (2015) New ethical questions and social media: young people’s construction of Holocaust memory online. Frames Cinema Journal. ISSN 2053-8812

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Abstract

Much of the discourse about the ethics of Holocaust representation considers it a sacred event that imposes representational limits. Survivors are often considered “authorities” of Holocaust memory. However, Alasdair Richardson defines the Holocaust as an event “on the edge of living memory”: soon there will be no first-hand witnesses to share their stories. When the last survivor dies, the responsibility to remember will be entirely passed onto a new generation who cannot provide first-hand accounts of events; they did not literally witness this tragic past, but are called to “bear witness” in a more abstract sense as they remember the Holocaust through memorials, education and other media. While debates about the “appropriateness” of Holocaust representation have long-existed, the recent surge in online engagement with it complicates issues further and has led to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) launching social media guidelines for educators.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Holocaust representation, Lego stop-motion, Brickfilms, Animation, Phenomenology
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Depositing User: Victoria Walden
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2016 09:59
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 07:20
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/63344

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