Too Quiet on the Western Front: Re-establishing the Dialogue between Grief and Mourning in the Digital Age
Pinkerton, Katherine Ann
Savannah, Ga. : Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Graphic Design
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Graphic Design
Includes bibliographical references (p.37-40).
Mourning in our culture is at a crossroads. Design’s human-centered methodology and its focus on systems and communities have impacted not only how we as designers communicate with our culture, but also how culture communicates with itself. This expanding paradigm of connection and the shifting from closed to open systems has the potential to reshape our culture on the most fundamental of levels: on the way we handle our own personal grief, and ultimately how we mourn as a society. By understanding the historical context and semiotic evolution of Western grief, we are able to investigate the changing landscape of mourning practices. This contextualization within the scope of Western grief allows us to better comprehend the expansive impact the digital realm has on such practices – on not only reflecting culture, but also changing it. Most importantly, this exploration will examine the shifting of mourning from a closed system to an open one, ultimately emphasizing design’s role in the process.
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