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Deletion and digital memory: User study of mobile application “Delete by Haiku
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study aims to analyse the interconnection between human memory and digital media technology, and its relation to forgetting and deletion. The main focus area is related to short messages (SMS) as a form of digital memory and mobile application Delete by Haiku that assists the user in creating poetry out of stored messages. The reception analysis approach was chosen and individual in-depth interview method was combined with focus group interview. The collected data regarding human memory and media indicates similarities between theoretical claims and respondents’ views; memory could be perceived as a narrative, storytelling, fading away. Informants’ relation to memorabilia and their deleting practices are very dependent on the personal and professional characteristics. Besides, deleting practices could be related to organization of a physical space. Delete by Haiku app could be seen as an invitation to engage into playful process of creation through deletion, however mostly for the people attached to memorabilia.

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2012. , 50 p.
Keyword [en]
deletion, human memory, memorabilia, forgetting, smartphones, SMS, digital memory, haiku poetry generation, deletion through creation
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-107348OAI: diva2:745660
Available from: 2015-03-17 Created: 2014-09-10 Last updated: 2015-03-17Bibliographically approved

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