JUMP CUT
A REVIEW OF CONTEMPORARY MEDIA

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Streaming death: the politics of dying on YouTube

 

Jennifer Malkowski

Jennifer Malkowski received her Ph.D. in Film and Media from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011 and is currently the McPherson Post-doctoral Fellow in Film and New Media at Smith College. There, she writes and teaches about new media (especially Internet video and electronic games), gender and sexuality, and documentary. Her dissertation, “‘Dying in Full Detail’: Mortality in Digital Documentary,” focuses on documenting death, how the development of video and digital technologies has altered that practice, and how the temporalities of death and digital media are mutually informing. She has published on ethnographic documentary in Film Quarterly and on YouTube parodies of Brokeback Mountain’s theatrical trailer in the anthology Queers in American Popular Culture.