Collective Memory Quotes

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Reni Eddo-Lodge
“Faced with the collective forgetting, we must strive to remember”
Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Elon Musk
“In terms of the Internet, it's like humanity acquiring a collective nervous system. Whereas previously we were more like a [?], like a collection of cells that communicated by diffusion. With the advent of the Internet, it was suddenly like we got a nervous system. It's a hugely impactful thing.”
Elon Musk

Susan Sontag
“Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as collective memory--part of the same family of spurious notions as collective guilt. But there is collective instruction....What is called collective memory is not a remembering but a stipulating: that this is important, and this is the story about how it happened, with the pictures that lock the story in our minds.”
Susan Sontag

“Although distortion of the past is widespread, the most common travesty is one of omission, wherein populist leaders neglect to mention the crimes committed by their own side or recollect them in such a way that evades accepting full responsibility. That politicians are so able to evoke historical arguments in these ways results from a prior failure of the society to engage in a full and frank encounter with past wrongdoings.”
Richard Ashby Wilson, Writing History in International Criminal Trials

Noam Chomsky
“If you don't recognize your own crimes, there's no impediment to continuing them. There's a pretty dramatic example of that right at this moment. This happens to be the fiftieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy's decision to launch the war against South Vietnam. Forgetting the fiftieth anniversary of the launching of one of the major atrocities in post-Second World War history is pretty severe. But almost nobody has noticed it. I don't think we'll hear a word about it. And, yes, that opens the way to further aggression.”
Noam Chomsky, Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire

George F. Will
“Author complains about "the further submergence of irrecoverable history into a perpetually churned present.”
George will, One Man's America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation

William R. Polk
“Even if we, as northerners, choose to ignore this history, the victims’ descendants will not”
William R. Polk, Crusade and Jihad: The Thousand-Year War Between the Muslim World and the Global North

William R. Polk
“Even if we, as northerners, choose to ignore this history, the victims’ descendants [of the global south] will not. Muslims, like Jews, increasingly probe into and publicize their holocaust. The “deep past” already plays a significant role in the growth of Muslim sentiment toward the Christian North. It will play an important role in international affairs far into the future”
William R. Polk, Crusade and Jihad: The Thousand-Year War Between the Muslim World and the Global North