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New Approaches in Media and Communication

Edited By Ahmet Ayhan

With the emergence of new media technologies, communication practices are changing, and this book aims at offering new insights into these digital media communication practices, featuring contributions by researchers from various disciplines. With a collection of chapters on a wide range of topics in the field of communication and media, this edited book offers its readers to comprehend the current situation of the new media and communication practices in Turkey through the researches carried out using the surveys, interviews, and content analyses, as well as through a comprehensive analysis of the media sector in the new media age. The readers will find the international perspective of quite a number of academics to the phenomenon of new media and its effects, outcomes, and future trends.

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Digital Aspects of Memory: The Journey of Photography On Instagram (Senem Ayşe Duruel Erkiliç / Recep Ünal)


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Digital Aspects of Memory: The Journey of Photography On Instagram

Abstract: It has been stated in as early as the 1930s by Halbwachs that individual memory is determined by social memory. However, the processes of remembering and creating the memory which are formed through media tools and expressed in different definitions such as prosthetic memory (Landsberg), mediated memory (van Dijck) or new memory (Hoskins) add very different dimensions to the interaction between individual memory and social memory.

The fact that this interaction is mostly formed through mobile phones with social media applications such as Instagram, Twitter or Facebook has certainly shaped our individual and social memory in the digital age. Due to the characteristics of the mobile device, conceptualizations of connective memory (Hoskins) and travelling memory (Erll) have opened new doors to discuss the memory processes within a sociological and philosophical context. In other words, the digital process has changed the ecosystem of memory.

This paper will discuss the difference between photography sharing on Instagram and the function and meanings of traditional photography, and it will mainly focus on photography, the founder of offline memory and the digital states of memory that have been formed through online photography sharing. At a time when the mobile phone itself has directly become a “memory”, this paper will try to add to the discussion of whether digital platforms should be considered as a space...

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