Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: Media Switching and Media Ideologies

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Department of Communication and Culture
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
igershon@indiana.edu

Abstract

When U.S. college students tell breakup stories, they often indicate what medium was used for each exchange. In this article, I explore what this practice reveals about people's media ideologies. By extending previous scholarship on language ideologies to media, I trace how switching media or refusing to switch media contributes to the labor of disconnecting the relationship, determining whether phrases such as “it's over” are effective or not.[breaking up, genre, media ideologies, media switching, new media]

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