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.

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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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