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Title: The Beauty of Ugliness: Preserving while Communicating Online with Shared Graphic Photos
Authors: Alshehri, Majdah
Makoto, Norman
Keywords: Online photo sharing;Social media;Ugliness;Graphic photos;Gulf Arabs
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Springer, London
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Computer Supported Cooperative Work 27(3-4)- ECSCW 2018: Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Series/Report no.: ECSCW
Abstract: In this paper, we report on interviews with 11 Shia content creators who create and share graphic, bloody photos of Tatbeer, a religious ritual involving self-harm practices on Ashura, the death anniversary of the prophet Muhammad’s grandson. We show how graphic images serve as an object of communication in religious practices with the local community, the inner-self, and a wider audience. In particular, we highlight how content creators appropriated, in their own words, “ugly” photos to preserve the authenticity and beauty of their rituals while communicating their own interpretation of such rituals to others. We suggest that ugliness may be regarded as a useful resource to inform systems that seek to invite dialogue with marginalized or minority groups.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1007/s10606-018-9331-3
ISSN: ISSN 0925-9724
metadata.mci.conference.sessiontitle: Long Papers
metadata.mci.conference.location: Nancy, France 4-8 June 2018
Appears in Collections:ECSCW 2018 Long Papers

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