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Snapchat’s decline and the secret joy of internet ghost towns - The Verge
The internet is full of consequences now because real life is full of consequences. The membrane between online and real life has long since dissolved. As Snapchat fades into irrelevance, it has less and less to do with our real lives, the ones that count and matter, the ones where we have to be accountable for each action and each sentence. These almost-gone spaces can feel like a party about how you’re leaving town in the morning, replete with a last-night-on-earth sort of permissiveness.
Snaphat  socialMedia  popularity  identity  digitalIdentity  privacy  retention  forgetting 
25 days ago by petej
Silicon Valley Can't Be Trusted With Our History
> A tweet that was meant to be forgotten within minutes resurfaces years later to cost someone their job, while a video providing unambiguous evidence of war crimes disappears without a trace. A handful of enormous tech companies curate the public library we conjure into existence every day, and they can and do delete it at a whim.

activists/archivists in syria and egypt creating non-corporate archives to document and preserve the memory of ongoing wars and protests.

"The very act of constructing an archive is a form of power"
archives  memory  forgetting  censorship  internet  free-internet  decentralized-internet  facebook  twitter  war 
5 weeks ago by tarakc02
Instant Recall — Real Life
"[T]he data homunculus can only reflect those aspects of yourself that are legible to the systems that seek to model you. The “you” reflected back is warped by the legibility of your behavior, and the interests and preconceptions of the model builders."
memory  internet  time  philosophy  forgetting 
february 2018 by antifuchs
Britain’s colonial crimes deserve a lasting memorial. Here’s why | Afua Hirsch | Opinion | The Guardian


Our nation must confront the inconvenient facts of its history rather than glorious versions of an imperial past. That’s why we need a museum of empire
Guardian  2017  history  empire  Britain  museum  forgetting  memory 
november 2017 by Preoccupations
On Unread Books
When you read certain neglected books, you realize you’re familiar with their contents because they have been read by others who have talked about them, quoted from them, or have moved in the same current of ideas.

An intriguing aspect of this book, which is less paradoxical than it might seem, is that we also forget a very large percentage of the books we have actually read, and indeed we build a sort of virtual picture of them that consists not so much of what they say but what they have conjured up in our mind.

Excerpted from Chronicles of a Liquid Society.
books  reading  umbertoeco  forgetting 
november 2017 by drmeme

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