"TO ME ITS [SIC] REAL LIFE": Secondary Victims of Homicide in Newer Media

Yardley, Elizabeth and Wilson, David and Kennedy, Morag (2015) "TO ME ITS [SIC] REAL LIFE": Secondary Victims of Homicide in Newer Media. Victims and Offenders, 12 (3). pp. 467-496. ISSN 15564886 (ISSN)

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This article explores what happened when two people personally affected by a 1999 homicide participated in an online forum in which the homicide was being discussed. The two individuals in question were the younger brother of the victim and the elder brother of the man convicted of her murder. The case had been the subject of a 12-part audio podcast called Serial. An online forum-the Serial Subreddit-had been set up independently of the podcast and its producers as a space for listeners to discuss their views on the case. We analyzed the contributions of the two aforementioned individuals and the responses they received. We argue that new media spaces like the Serial Subreddit break down the traditional barriers between those personally affected by homicide and consumers of mediated representations of homicide. As such, they raise important questions for criminologists. © 2015, Routledge. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/15564886.2015.1105896
7 December 2015Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: homicide, newer media, Reddit, secondary victims, Serial podcast
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-01 - social sciences (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Users 18 not found.
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2016 11:35
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:55
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/558

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