Xinyuan Xu, a student on our Masters of Digital Humanities and Public Culture (Advanced) program will be presenting her paper Tweets, Death, and Rock 'n' Roll: Social Media Mourning on Twitter and Sina Weibo at the ACM Web Science 2018 conference in Amsterdam at the end of May 2018. Other speakers at the event include Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web and recipient of the 2016 ACM Turing Award, who will deliver his Turing Award Lecture.
Xinyuan's paper introduces a new line of investigation into social media mourning; the act of individual and collective grieving on social media. This comparative analysis of two social media platforms, Twitter and Sina Weibo, examines the phenomenon specifically in the context of the death of a celebrity, focusing on the flurry of activity around the death of the lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, in 2017.
For more information about Xinyuan's research, please see an earlier interview and Xinyuan's student profile.
For more information about the Masters of Digital Humanities and Public Culture, see our pages on Studying with us.
For more information about Xinyuan's experiences in Amsterdam, please see her blog post.