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    • iGRIEVE 2 those who are “parasocially grieving” (Sanderson & Cheong, 2010, p. 329). Horton and Wohl (1965) developed the theory of parasocial interaction to describe how individuals developed a one-sided relationship with media personae through...
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    • iGRIEVE 3 the deceased. When Apple founder Steve Jobs passed away from cancer, many of his fans as well as leaders from within the technology field expressed condolences. Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, issued this statement, The world rarely...
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    • iGRIEVE 17 Traditionally, memorials consisted of symbolic reminders (letters, flowers, or pictures) brought to the site of the death or a site associated with the deceased. DeVries and Rutherford (2004) argued that by participating in this symbolic...
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    • iGRIEVE 18 for people to express grief and condolences to the deceased. Sanderson and Cheong (2007), in a study on collective bereavement and religious discourse within the context of social media, found that “social media is facilitating...
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    • iGRIEVE 38 the trademark branding of Apple. iTunes, iPhone and iPad are all names of Apple products and by placing a small i in front of a word, the user is expressing some kind of identification with Steve Jobs. Whether the comment was a single...
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    • iGRIEVE 53 Steve! BET it’s Awesome” (Oct. 15). However, some comments made mention of a specific God or higher being and brought a religious discourse into the conversation: “God rest you in peace Steve Jobs.” (Oct. 8), “May god give you...
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    • iGRIEVE 64 products” suggesting that as long as there are Apple products, Steve Jobs would be around. Sanderson and Cheong (2010) suggest that religious discourse is a “common language” (p. 338) used to communicate bereavement; however, when...
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    • iGRIEVE 69 common celebrity. Social media offers fans opportunities to engage one another and it has advanced parasocial interaction to a level not previously possible through traditional media outlets. Consequently, parasocial interaction enables...
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    • iGRIEVE 71 Future research may examine other platforms and types of users so that a bigger picture can be formed on the construction of eulogies in social media. As CMC develops and more research is applied to mediated eulogies through the lens of...
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    • iGRIEVE 78 Walther, J. B. (1996). Computer-mediated communication: Impersonal, interpersonal, and hyperpersonal interaction. Communication Research, 23(1), 3-43. Weiss, M. (1997). Bereavement, commemoration, and collective identity in contemporary...
    • iGrieve: parasocial mourning and the death of Steve Jobs

    • Eulogies; Communication--Hyperpersonal; Collective memory; Interpersonal relations; Social media; Grief; Communication; Bereavement
    • A capstone project submitted to Southern Utah University in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Arts in Professional Communication.

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