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Chronic media worlds: social media and the problem of pain communication on Tumblr

Gonzalez-Polledo, Elena (2016) Chronic media worlds: social media and the problem of pain communication on Tumblr. Social Media + Society. ISSN 2056-3051

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This paper explores dynamics of pain communication in the social media platform Tumblr. As a device of health communication, the Tumblr platform brings together a network of behaviors, technologies and media forms through which pain experience is reimaged through and against mainstream biomedical frameworks. The article develops an interpretative approach to analyze how, as social media platforms reorganize affective, emotional, physical and temporal frames of experience, communication about chronic pain and illness is reimagined in its capacity to create, and subvert, pain worlds. Drawing on ethnographic theory to reimagine the relation between politics and poetics in pain communication, the article explores the issue- and world-making capacities of social media.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > Methodology
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2015 10:37
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 02:30
Projects: DU/512589108
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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