Three Artifacts for the Tumblr Assignment
- Music video for “Elysium” by Bear’s Den
- Filmmaker James Marcus Haney initially intended for this video to be a mini-documentary of his little brother’s last few weeks before graduating college. However, shortly after he began filming, a shooting occurred on his brother’s campus, and one of his brother’s friends was killed. The focus of the video thus shifted to become a tribute/memorial to his brother’s slain friend.
- Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH-wP2TDUBQ
- I’m fascinated with how this video exists as multiple entities simultaneously; it is at once a memorial to a victim of a horrible tragedy, a short film about youth and the difficulty of comprehending and accepting death at such a young age, and a music video for Bear’s Den intended to boost their popularity and sales. As such, I think this video begs to be examined alongside the Galindo article, which similarly examines the multiple roles that Galindo’s works take on: as memorials, as art, and as commercial goods.
- Texas Department of Criminal Justice: Executed Offenders
- This site is essentially a database of information about the 500+ criminals that the state of Texas has executed to date. Details listed for each criminal include name, age, execution date, final statement, and a summary of their crime.
- Link: https://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/death_row/dr_executed_offenders.html
- I’m interested in framing this database within the conversation about consent and death on the internet. Inmates forfeit a number of their rights while in prison, including their right to privacy. As such, do/should prisoners have less bargaining power in the debate over online privacy beyond the grave, and/or the “right to be forgotten?” An alternate angle which has a more direct connection to one of the readings (Tim Sheratt’s “Unremembering the forgotten”), might be to consider how this site preserves some information about members of society we usually try to push out of our minds and memories.
- /r/nujabes is the Reddit community dedicated to Japanese DJ Jun Seba (“Nujabes”), who died in a traffic accident in 2010.
- Link: https://www.reddit.com/r/nujabes
- Considering that the Aaron Hess article on 9/11 web memorials is by now a bit dated, I think it may be useful to use /r/nujabes as an example of a 2015 web memorial. Beyond the fact that Hess’ memorials and /r/nujabes pay tribute to wildly different entities, I think they also differ in their structure and management. The creators of Hess’ 9/11 sites maintain complete control over the content and argument of their memorials, while /r/nujabes primarily relies on its users to decide on its function, allowing it to serve as a memorial one day, and a typical fan-forum the next.