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Family Communication in the Age of Digital and Social Media

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Edited By Carol J. Bruess

Family Communication in the Age of Digital and Social Media is an innovative collection of contemporary data-driven research and theorizing about how digital and social media are affecting and changing nearly every aspect of family interaction over the lifespan. The research and thinking featured in the book reflects the intense growth of interest in families in the digital age. Chapters explore communication among couples, families, parents, adolescents, and emerging adults as their realities are created, impacted, changed, structured, improved, influenced and/or inhibited by cell phones, smartphones, personal desktop and laptop computers, MP3 players, e-tablets, e-readers, email, Facebook, photo sharing, Skype, Twitter, SnapChat, blogs, Instagram, and other emerging technologies. Each chapter significantly advances thinking about how digital media have become deeply embedded in the lives of families and couples, as well as how they are affecting the very ways we as twenty-first-century communicators see ourselves and, by extension, conceive of and behave in our most intimate and longest-lasting relationships.
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15. Creating Couples’ Identities: Telling and Distorting via “Wedsite” Relationship Narratives

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Telling and Distorting via “Wedsite” Relationship Narratives

LAURA BETH DAWS

Southern Polytechnic State University

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Lindsey and Chris met in college, and after a few years of dating exclusively they decided to get married. Upon getting engaged, Lindsey immediately created a website to share the details of the upcoming wedding with their friends and family. Such a website is also known as a “wedsite” (Daws, 2009). Lindsey and Chris’s wedsite was informative for wedding guests: It contained information about where and when the ceremony and reception would be located, where the couple was registered for gifts, who was in their bridal party, and suggested hotels for out-of-town wedding guests. But there was other information on the site indicating they didn’t create the site only to share the details of their upcoming wedding. For example, visitors had the option to take a quiz about the couple with questions such as “What’s Lindsey’s favorite food? What’s Chris’s hometown? What’s Lindsey’s and Chris’s height difference?” The “about us quiz” was designed to test friends’ and family members’ knowledge of the couple they’d soon be supporting at a wedding. In this case, the wedsite went beyond the pragmatic function of a cost-effective, efficient way to keep guests informed of the details of their wedding.

Another engaged couple, Casey and Tommy, also chose to create a wedsite. Like Lindsey and Chris’s, their wedsite communicated important...

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