Digitalized Memory, Forgetting And The Loss Of Social Memory

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Yakın Doğu Üniversitesi

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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. These social identities become the objects of non-daily ritual communication. Rituals and ceremonies with their regular repetitions help in transmitting and transfering the information which protect the identities; thus they undertake in reproducing the cultural identities. Rituals guarantee the temporal and spatial togetherness of a group. Although digital media technologies provide in storing the experiences and the events cheaply and easily, “datas”, which are detached and disconnected from each other and lack of temporality and spatility (lack of monuments and memoriable), they remain insufficient in providing or maintaining social memory and identity. In addition, taking into account that in order to remember something one must inevitably forget, it won’t be wrong to assert that social memory corresponds to elimination and generalization. However, who decides the elimination of all these datas in digital world and how this elimination is done or will be done? Time and memory disappear with digital culture as a kind of irrational overage. Forgetfulness is managed by an unshakable idea of progress. As Adorno and Horkheimer mentioned “all reification is a forgetting”. Since the past is forgotten, present can prevail without objection. The only way to overcome with it is to remember.


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Social Memory, Social Identity, Digital Media, Temporality,, Spatility, Forgetting


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Yakın Doğu Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi, Cilt vı, Sayı,1, 2013, s. 40-60