Remediating the past: YouTube and Second World War memory in Ukraine and Russia

Makhortykh, Mykola (2020). Remediating the past: YouTube and Second World War memory in Ukraine and Russia. Memory studies, 13(2), pp. 146-161. Sage 10.1177/1750698017730867

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This article examines how Second World War memory is circulated, reproduced, and challenged in the transnational space of digital media by Ukrainian and Russian Internet users. Using as a case study one episode of the war on the Eastern Front—the capture of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, by the Red Army in 1943—it investigates how this event is commemorated through YouTube, which is a popular online platform for uploading, viewing, and commenting on audiovisual materials. This article employs content analysis to assess audiovisual tributes to the Battle of Kyiv from two perspectives: that of representation (how the event is presented on YouTube) and that of interaction (how YouTube users interact with memory of the event). This article concludes that although YouTube is frequently used for the propagation of nationalistic interpretations of the past in Ukraine and Russia, it still has the potential to democratize collective remembrance of the Second World War.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Mass Communication Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Makhortykh, Mykola

Subjects:

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
900 History

ISSN:

1750-6980

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Mykola Makhortykh

Date Deposited:

03 Nov 2020 15:24

Last Modified:

03 Nov 2020 15:24

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/1750698017730867

Uncontrolled Keywords:

memory studies, digital memory, Second World War, Ukraine, Russia, war remembrance, YouTube

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.147163

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/147163

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