Being More Considerate of Death – Reflective Blog Post

Throughout the course, we had discussed various ways that death is integrated into our daily lives. Some of those forms are through photography, video games, films, social media, and just purely digital media. In some of the mediums, death was an integral part in which it held high value in tradition or was the main idea. I’ve become more conscious in how digital media has had a closer connection to death than I expected, and how I have become more open to the idea of death in which I do not hold a pessimistic view towards it.

My initial post for the class was about the “A Head Full of Ghost” and how the supernatural take action when nobody is witnessing. Specifically, I stated that “it is not until the TV crew comes where we witness a change in character” when discussing Marjorie and how she is possessed. I had commented on how the supernatural tend to stray away from surveillance cameras based on my background on supernatural films and documentaries. However, reflecting on this perception of the supernatural, I have found that the demonic entities that embody humans can be present in disguise. We can see this in other forms of entertainment in films like The Conjuring in where the wife was possessed but showed her demonic side even when the ghost hunters came to her home. Therefore, Marjorie’s actions in front of digital mediums seem more reasonable because it had allowed the demonic entity to further manifest itself in Marjorie.

However, for other posts, I found that I was also being a bit critical in how death was glorified. In the post, “Why Dead Photography” I criticized how Victorians that took photographs of dead family members was irrational. I had viewed the act of taking a photograph of a human body that had no soul similar to taking a photograph of nothing. I did understand the concept of taking photographs of dead people as a form of mourning. However, becoming more familiarized with the mourning processes that are seen on social media, I discovered that mourning can take various forms that seem odd to the typical ones seen at funerals. Plus, I had to reflect on my own culture’s form of mourning in which people celebrate dead family members once every year with gifts. Dead suddenly becomes a topic that we unconsciously accept despite not having more conversations about it.

Since my critical post, I had found that my blog post began to shift towards a positive light about death. I found myself advocating why death in video games is essential and how dead celebrities should be celebrated. As I remained to stay on topics about dead individuals and demonic entities, I discussed how putting these characters in games was crucial in allowing society to be comfortable about death. I advocated for video games that involved detailed deaths to allow people to find careers out of gameplay. Even after rereading my post, I reflected how these games could be an outlet for certain people who are not as comfortable with death for these games simulate those situations. If we are even to think more extreme about these games, they can function as preparation if an apocalypse might occur. Regardless, the games function as a form of conversation for people to become more comfortable with deadly situations.

Overall, I find that death has become more of a comfortable topic that I can discuss. Not only for the death of technological objects or mediums but also for individuals. Also, I am more conscious of how death is related to many of the mediums I use in my daily life. For instance, I was never aware of the memorial pages that exist on Facebook or the cultures of Victorians that photograph dead family members. Although I will most likely not participate in many of these traditions, I will be more understanding of the different ways people discuss the topic of death regardless of the method.

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