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INSTÄLLT: Vital media: the affective and temporal dynamics of young cancer patients social media practices


This talk presents results from a research project investigating young cancer patients general use of social media and their lived experience of the choices and dilemmas involved in using social media in relation to moments of existential crisis.

The key finding based on a survey with 205 young cancer patients and 25 qualitative interviews is that social media becomes increasingly important for young people after a cancer diagnosis and that these young people engage with social media as what I will call vital media. The analysis in this talk focuses more specifically on affective and temporal media experiences in the empirical material collected and argues that three dimensions of media vitality are salient: 1) that young people engage with social media to actively produce vitality in terms of generating a sense of wellbeing or balance by sharing, seeking out or avoiding particular types of cancer-related content, 2) that young people experience social media as a vital or lively technology that introduces unpredictable and sometimes unwanted material into their lives, and, 3) that young people feel they are expected to perform or share vital approaches to illness on social media, such as positive or life-affirming ¿ as opposed to negative or pessimistic accounts of their illness. In this way, the concept of vital mediaaddresses strategic, ecological and cultural aspects of young cancer patients social media engagements.

Carsten Stage is invited in collaboration with Centre for Person-centred Care at University of Gothenburg (GPCC).

Föreläsare: Carsten Stage, Associate Professor, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University

Datum: 2020-04-29

Tid: 13:00 - 15:00

Kategorier: IT

Plats: Torg Tre, floor 3, House Patricia, Forskningsgången 6, Lindholmen

Kontaktperson: Ylva Hård af Segerstad

Sidansvarig: |Sidan uppdaterades: 2017-05-02

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