We are born, live, and die with technologies. This book is about the role technology plays in sustaining narratives of living, dying, and coming to be. Contributing authors examine how technologies connect, disrupt, or help us reorganize ways of parenting and nurturing life. They further consider how technology sustains our ways of thinking and being, hopefully reconciling the distance between who we are and who we aspire to be. Finally, they address the role technology plays in helping us come to terms with death, looking at technologically enhanced memorials, online rituals of mourning, and patterns of grief enabled through technology. Ultimately, this volume is about using technology to reimagine the art of life.

chapter 1|10 pages


ByZizi Papacharissi

chapter 2|24 pages

Numerical Being and Non-Being

Probing the Ethos of Quantification in Bereavement Online
ByAmanda Lagerkvist

chapter 3|15 pages

Co-Creating Birth and Death on Social Media

ByTama Leaver

chapter 4|19 pages

Imagining the Future Through the Lens of the Digital

Parents' Narratives of Generational Change
BySonia Livingstone, Alicia Blum-Ross

chapter 5|20 pages

Storytelling the Self into Citizenship

How Social Media Practices Facilitate Adolescent and Emerging Adult Political Life
ByLynn Schofield Clark, Regina Marchi

chapter 6|15 pages

Family Life in Polymedia

ByMirca Madianou

chapter 7|17 pages

Every Click You Make, I'll Be Watching You

Facebook Stalking and Neoliberal Information
ByIlana Gershon

chapter 8|22 pages

Formative Events, Networked Spaces, and the Political Socialization of Youth

ByNeta Kligler-Vilenchik, loana Literat

chapter 9|17 pages

Defying Death

Black Joy as Resistance Online
ByCatherine Steele, Jessica Lu

chapter 10|15 pages

Young People and Digital Grief Etiquette

ByCrystal Abidin

chapter 12|19 pages

The Afterlife of Software

ByMichael Stevenson, Robert W. Gehl

chapter 13|15 pages

From Personal to Personalized Memory

Social Media as Mnemotechnology
ByRobert Prey, Rik Smit

chapter 14|16 pages

Social Media Rituals

The Uses of Celebrity Death in Digital Culture
ByJean Burgess, Peta Mitchell, Felix Victor Münch

chapter 15|17 pages

Ghosts in the Machines

How Centuries of Technological Play with Death Has Helped Make Sense of Life
ByWhitney Phillips, Ryan M. Milner