This thesis presents the hypothesis that the external memory created by social networking sites and other forms of digital recording in cyberspace may have negative consequences for personal and professional advancement.
What is Human Memory? mem•o•ry (mm-r) n. pl. mem•o•ries the faculty by which the mind stores and remembers information Oxford Dictionary
The first step of memory is committing information to long term memory
The second step of memory Is retrieving that information
What is External Memory?
Information stored outside of the human mind
Forms of external memory
How digitization has revolutionized external memory
“ By eliminating noise, the incremental forgetting inherent in analog technology, the notion of originals and copies is rapidly becoming an outdated concept. All digital copies are indistinguishable from the original. This has the advantage of giving everyone who possesses a ‘copy’ perfect access to all of the information and value of the original” -from Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age, p. 60
“ Today, with the help of widespread technology, forgetting has become the exception, and remembering the default” -from Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age, p. 2
Four factors that have contributed to forgetting becoming the exceptions:
Digitization Cheap storage Easy retrieval Global Reach
Why We Forget
As INDIVIDUALS we forget so that we can survive
As a SOCIETY we forget so that individuals can redeem themselves
The challenges presented by the demise of forgetting
Wouldn’t we rather remember than forget?
Good memories are worth remembering (show info graphics for list below)
Captured moments that bring us happiness
Birthdays and wedding anniversaries
Provide companies with knowledge necessary to operate
Prevent society from making the same bad mistake twice
But what about bad memories?
“ But you can easily avoid replaying [upsetting] memories”
“ You can put a lock on those events you’d like to forget and never open them up again”
But for some of us, avoiding replaying painful memories is not easy…
Memory and gender
The greatest challenge
so for those of us who can’t avoid fixating on an ex’s Facebook profile or the hateful comments posted on our Youtube video, there is another challenge that we face with the demise of forgetting: the ability to cope