Most of the online memorials we’ve looked at so far explicity self-categorize themselves, either in their titles or some introductory or “About” paragraph. We’ve asked the question of whether a memorial’s meaning must be apparent to its viewers to be considered an effective memorial, and I think a follow-up question that we have yet to tackle concerns the explicit and implicit goals of memorials. That is: to what degree, if it all, does a memorial’s identification as a memorial affect its significance and meaning? Furthermore, how do these factors of intent and self-categorization inform the notion of “proper mourning” that Kim discussed in her own post last week?
“Welcome to /r/Nujabes!Love listening to Nujabes and other similar artists? Do you want to expand your library with amazing artists like him? Then you’ve come to the right place! In this subreddit, you’ll encounter a myriad of musical genres ranging from jazz, bossa nova, and funk, to instrumentals, hip hop, trip hop, ambient, and many more. Just remember: Give a thorough listen to all the contributions that are being made in this subreddit, and do not downvote links because the music doesn’t suit your taste. Don’t be an asshole troll. This subreddit is for people to have the opportunity to open their ears and perhaps their minds through music. If you have any suggestions, questions, or if your post gets stuck in spam, feel free to PM the moderators and we’ll sort everything out.
Listen and Enjoy!
If you have any pictures, videos, or recordings of Nujabes, Please post them here!”
The sidebar thus pitches the community as a space for fans to share and discuss his music, similar to subreddits for still-living artists, like /r/TaylorSwift or /r/FettyWap. Indeed, just by browsing at the front page of the subreddit, you probably wouldn’t be able to glean that Jun Seba is, in fact, deceased: the top links include a request for sheet music to one Nujabes song, an essay detailing the history of another, and a weekly “What Are You Listening To?”discussion thread.