Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in a Digital Age
Delete looks 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 we've sear...more
I picked it up because the title attracted me. I like the term "DELETE" so much . But yeah "Looks are DECEPTIVE."
Okay what I expected from the book reading its title, it totally failed to give me that. :/
It was more like a history or sociology book [ the evolution of press , disk drives blah blah -_- ]
A boring one to waste my time on it :3 বাংলাতে রচনামূলক পরশনের উততর লিখার মতন একটা বই :3
And one thing the writer mentioned " In Islam, printing (instead of a scribe’s cop ...more
While it is in fact the case that it's easier to find out pe ...more
One scenario describes us forming our own surveillance network, not ...more
But in this century, with the rise of the Web, more and more of our words (an ...more
In our computer age, there is no forgetting. Google, for one, stores and saves our searches, caches pages, so nothing is forgotten! Is this a good thing? Not when you are passed over for the job you just applied for because of a questionable photo you posted online years ago! It does work when you are seeking information, as we now no longer have to memorize everythi ...more
As he says,
A society that never forgets, may stop forgiving. That unfortunate photo of yourself, or that art ...more
Dal banale epis ...more
I also find the author's repeated references to Soviet Union baffling, as if ideological manipulation did not happen in the West during the Cold War. The book is about digita ...more
But this is way too text booky; I started feeling sorry for students assigned to read this and want to tell them to skip to the last paragraphs of each chapter and/or skip it all and find better stories than those of the two hapless souls on which ...more
i definitely agree that excessive remembering inhibits our ability to change and limits the extent to which we can define ourselves. i, personally, think too much is remembered and welcome his solution to set expiration dates on digital files.
But the book could have been half as long - and it wasn't very long to begin with. I understand this was originally a thesis or paper - that was probably more precise. Or just listen to the NPR segment.
Some of the examples repeated way too many times.