Digitalized Memory and the Loss of Social Memory

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A group can be sure about its identity by remembering its history and refreshing the ‘figures of memory’ in its mind. Rituals and ceremonies with regular repetitions help to transmit and transfer the information which protects the identities and guarantees the temporal and spatial togetherness of groups; thus they undertake reproducing the cultural identities. Although digital media technologies provide storing experiences and events cheaply and easily, and ‘data,’ which are detached and disconnected from each other and lack temporality and spatiality (lack monuments and memorable), they remain insufficient in providing or maintaining social memory and identity. Time and memory disappear with digital culture as a kind of irrational overage. This causes the modern world to lose different dimensions of reality because of the loss of memory and be a ‘onedimensional society.’ If we consider that memory refers to the relation between past and today rather than to past, it is meaningful that some past events are remembered and highlighted but others are forgotten. As some past events are important sources in reproducing the dominant ideology, forgetfulness is managed by an unshakable idea of progress. The cost of hesitance and inability of retrospect is not to think. As Adorno and Horkheimer mentioned ‘all reification is a forgetting.’ Since the past is forgotten, present prevails without objection and becomes the unique possible purpose. The only way to overcome that is to remember. Remembering means questioning ‘today.’ The ruling class sees the past as an enemy which should be destroyed, as it includes ‘permanent elements.’Dominating and changing the present and resisting the elements of passivizing are solely possible by owning both the past and the future. If only owning the past, people can have the ability to be critical of the deceptive appearance of ‘now.’ © Inter-Disciplinary Press 2012.


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Digital media, Social identity, Social memory, Spatiality, Temporality


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