Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Radio Episode -- Remember, Remember -- available until Sept. 26, 2008

This 45 min. BBC program is available for a limited period of time. Overview:
Psychologist Susan Blackmore investigates how we are outsourcing the memory of our lives to digital devices and asks whether that is changing the nature of human memory. She hears from a 'lifelogger' who is recording every detail of his daily life - and from an academic who has taped 220,000 hours of audio and video of his infant son. She asks whether we will all end up doing the same and how this will affect the way we remember our own lives.
Question to consider: How will we save these digital memories? Can we save these (given their size)?

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Sally J. said...

Jill, thanks for pointing out this program. I am fascinated by the concept of archives as external memory.

But, honestly...who has time to relive their entire life over again via recordings? Or someone else's life for that matter?

Alain Pierrot said...

Well, I always felt that archives, and, more generally, 'legacy' material litterally didn't make sense unless it captured live attention.
Even if digital technologies have dramatically changed the footprint of archives, they are not costlesss, and bandwidth is not infinite. But mainly, users time and attention have not extended in the same way.
Remembering is still linked with oblivion and selection.