The End of Forgetting

The New York Times has a great article by Jeffrey Rosen called The Web Means The End of Forgetting:

It’s often said that we live in a permissive era, one with infinite second chances. But the truth is that for a great many people, the permanent memory bank of the Web increasingly means there are no second chances — no opportunities to escape a scarlet letter in your digital past. Now the worst thing you’ve done is often the first thing everyone knows about you.

As a long time Netizen I found this article compelling and interesting. What does it mean if you can no longer reinvent yourself? As someone involved in the performing arts I wondered what this means in terms of identity construction, perceptions of the self and how that is translated into artmaking.

Good reading.

One Response to “The End of Forgetting”
  1. jray745 says:

    Well, the reverse of this is also the case–look at Shirley Sherrod. The web allows for as much disinformation as information.

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