Witnessing Eva Stories: Media witnessing and self-inscription in social media memory

Lital Henig, Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study examines the relations between memory, social media experience, and testimony in the Eva Stories Instagram project. By conducting a combined visual and multimodal analysis of the stories, as well as a close analysis of the relations between social media experience and testimony, we claim that Eva Stories establishes a new responsive space for remembering the Holocaust. This space enables users to inscribe themselves into mediated Holocaust memory and to become media witnesses through the co-creation of socially mediated experiences. The self-inscription of the user is made possible by three interrelated modes of media witnessing, which continuously evoke user engagement. These new modes, we argue, indicate a new kind of agency in relation to media witnessing: the ability to testify on one’s own present social media engagement with mediated memory, and become a witness to it.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)202-226
Number of pages25
JournalNew Media and Society
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

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Keywords

  • Co-creation
  • Eva Stories
  • Holocaust
  • Instagram
  • Israel
  • commemoration
  • media witnessing
  • memory
  • social media

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