Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age

Myślę, że bardzo mądre spojrzenie na temat. Kiedy o tym pomyślałem, kompletnie zgadzam się z gościem, zwłaszcza, że niedawno napatoczyłem się na swoje własne wypowiedzi z czasów studiów na pewnym forum tematycznym i .... najchętniej bym je skasował, bo wiele im brakuje pod różnymi względami, ale się nie da :)

In a recent book, "Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age", the cyberscholar Viktor Mayer-Schönberger cites Stacy Snyder's case as a reminder of the importance of "societal forgetting." By "erasing external memories," he says in the book, "our society accepts that human beings evolve over time, that we have the capacity to learn from past experiences and adjust our behavior." In traditional societies, where missteps are observed but not necessarily recorded, the limits of human memory ensure that people's sins are eventually forgotten. By contrast, Mayer-Schönberger notes, a society in which everything is recorded "will forever tether us to all our past actions, making it impossible, in practice, to escape them." He concludes that "without some form of forgetting, forgiving becomes a difficult undertaking."


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