Kobe Bryant, Liu Zhen, Shimura Ken, Miura Haruma, Huang Hongsheng, and Yuko Takeuchi have passed away one after another. Recently, there have been many regrets on Taiwanese campuses. Even the Oxford English Dictionary said that they could not choose a vocabulary to summarize the year. What happened in 2020? It is a question that many people cry out in their hearts, and it also symbolizes the beginning of an era.
As of the writing date, nearly 1.43 million people worldwide have died from "COVID-19" (2019 novel coronavirus disease, hereinafter remove background from image referred to as Wuhan pneumonia). We are officially entering a world where there is a plethora of death material mixed with life, mourning together in a digital virtual space in horror. But is 2020 really that bad? I think that's because the "mediation of death" has dramatically changed the nature and amount of mourning this year, framing our fear and loneliness in 2020. 【Photos】Can't be covered in one word: Which words of the year did Oxford Dictionaries choose to look back on 2020? A Brief History of Death in the Media Death has entered the public domain, from crime stories to horror games.
From traditional news to social media, from the sudden death of a celebrity to the disappearance of a friend, and death is portrayed in many more mediums (Hanusch, 2010; Zelizer, 2010) . Philippe Ariès (1974) found in historical data that in Western civilization, from the 19th century onwards, as the occurrence of death was gradually moved from the home to the hospital, people increasingly lacked personal, first-hand experience of death. What's more, after the emergence of mass media, whether it is print communication or digital communication, the death incidents we encounter through the media are far greater than the death experience in our personal life. Death in the media always guides how we view death, face it, manage it, and indirectly influence the various social relationships that are built and maintained around it. The news media is the largest mechanism for conveying death symbols in modern society, and various forms of death have been extensively discussed: