Recollected digital memories
The police shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri (2014), sparked national outrage in the United States. In ‘Recollected Digital Memories’ Giusi Caruso uses this incident to examine how collective memory is created and how it has transformed in the digital age. She analyses how the news spread online, how journalists framed the incident in the days and weeks afterwards and how the story is remembered today. She focuses on several significant moments in the process: from early Twitter feeds and digital testimonies by witnesses at the scene, to the protests following the grand jury decision, to the public memorial a year later. Using video documentary as a tool she reconstructs the story while referencing similar current and past events in the black American community. Through fragmentation and juxtaposition, she emphasises the kaleidoscopic nature of collective memory.