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Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age

Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age by Viktor Mayer-Schnberger 0691138613 9780691138619
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Deletelooks at the surprising phenomenon of perfect remembering in the digital age, and reveals why we must reintroduce our capacity to forget. Digital technology empowers us as never before, yet it has unforeseen consequences as well. Potentially humiliating content on Facebook is enshrined in cyberspace for future employers to see. Google remembers everything weve searched for and when. The digital realm remembers what is sometimes better forgotten, and this has profound implications for us all. InDelete, Viktor Mayer-Sch??nberger traces the important role that forgetting has played throughout human history, from the ability to make sound decisions unencumbered by the past to the possibility of second chances. The written word made it possible for humans to remember across generations and time, yet now digital technology and global networks are overriding our natural ability to forget--the past is ever present, ready to be called up at the click of a mouse. Mayer-Sch??nberger examines the technology thats facilitating the end of forgetting--digitization, cheap storage and easy retrieval, global access, and increasingly powerful software--and describes the dangers of everlasting digital memory, whether its outdated information taken out of context or compromising photos the Web wont let us forget. He explains why information privacy rights and other fixes cant help us, and proposes an ingeniously simple solution--expiration dates on information--that may. Deleteis an eye-opening book that will help us remember how to forget in the digital age.

Author: Viktor Mayer-Schnberger

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 256

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 2009-10-04

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