Mobile screens and the public event: screen practices at the Anzac Day Dawn Service

Edgar Gómez Cruz, Shanti Sumartojo

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Following current literature on public and mobile screens, this paper discuses the relevance that screens have in our everyday lives by focusing on the combination of mobile and temporary screen-based practices in the digital mediation of a single public commemorative event. We present an ethnographic account of different screen practices at the Anzac Day dawn Service, an annual Australian commemorative ceremony on a public holiday, 25 April. By focusing our analysis in a single place for a limited time, we analyse how people relate to screens in different ways, from media reception to spatial organization to online connection. We suggest that screens form a fundamental element of the entanglement between public space and political narrative that needs further investigation because this relationship holds implications for both urban life and citizenship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-344
Number of pages10
JournalContinuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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