The obituary is a genre of end of life communication that has undergone changes as it moved from print to online. For instance, in the Graham article, you read about notable differences between traditional (i.e. print) and “crowdsourced” obituaries in terms of authorship, structure, function, mode of address, writing style, candor, and cultural resonance.
For this assignment, you have three options, all of which involve writing a crowdsourced obituary in 250 words or more. Whichever option you choose, your writing must reflect at least three of the characteristics Graham mentions.
(1) It is the future and you have died peacefully in your sleep. Your loved ones are in the midst of writing your obituary that they hope to post online. Put yourself in their shoes and write the obituary that you think they would write.
(2) Write an obituary for someone dear to you that has passed. The loss could be recent, or it could be from long ago. Think about how you remember them, and how you think they would like to be remembered.
(3) Write an obituary for a fictional character. It could be someone from a movie, TV show, novel, graphic novel, video game, etc. Write about that character from the standpoint of another character within the same fictional universe.
For any of the three options, you are free to be as funny, serious, quirky, idiosyncratic, personal, etc., as you wish to be. I will be asking for volunteers to share in class on Thursday, so if you are not comfortable reading yours out loud, please include a parenthetical note at the end of your piece. If you choose option 3, write in parentheses the names of the deceased character, the bereaved character, and the title of the media artifact.
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