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Thesis 4.1_Revised
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Thesis 4.1_Revised
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  • 1. Digital Memory and the Demise of Forgetting
  • 2. <ul><li>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. </li></ul>Hypothesis
  • 3. What is Human Memory? mem•o•ry  (mm-r) n. pl. mem•o•ries the faculty by which the mind stores and remembers information
  • 4. Three Main Branches of Human Memory
  • 5. Memory is a two-step process <ul><li>The first step of memory is committing information to long term memory </li></ul><ul><li>The second step of memory Is retrieving that information </li></ul>
  • 6. What is External Memory? <ul><li>Information stored outside of the human mind </li></ul><ul><li>Forms of external memory </li></ul>
  • 7. How digitization has revolutionized external memory <ul><li>“ 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the incremental forgetting inherent in analog technology, the notion of originals and copies is rapidly becoming an outdated concept.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 </li></ul>
  • 8. Forgetting <ul><li>“ 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 </li></ul>
  • 9. Four factors that have contributed to forgetting becoming the exception: Digitization Cheap storage Easy retrieval Global Reach
  • 10. Why We Forget <ul><li>As INDIVIDUALS we forget so that we can survive </li></ul><ul><li>The famous example of “Funes, the Memorious” by Jorge Luis Borges </li></ul>As a SOCIETY we forget so that individuals can redeem themselves Ted Williams, the homeless man with a “golden voice” “ My memory, sir, is like a garbage heap.” Funes the Memorious
  • 11. With the demise of forgetting <ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Power </li></ul>
  • 12. For example…
  • 13. The counter argument <ul><li>“ But you can easily avoid replaying [upsetting] memories” </li></ul><ul><li>“ You can put a lock on those events you’d like to forget and never open them up again” </li></ul>
  • 14. But for some of us, avoiding replaying painful memories is not easy…
  • 15. The greatest challenge… <ul><li>The ability to cope </li></ul>
  • 16. Potential Solutions <ul><li>Coping Kit </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Safe </li></ul>

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