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CHAPTER IV

Of Power and Time–Consequencesof the Demise ofForgetting

Humans yearn to remember, although they mostly forget. To lighten this biological limitation, we have developed tools—from books to videos—that function as external memory for us. These tools have proved tremendously helpful, as they have made remembering easier and accessible to many more people than ever before. But until a few decades ago, these tools did not unsettle the balance between remembering and forgetting: to remember was the exception; to forget, the default.

In the digital age, this balance has been altered fundamentally. Digitization, the theoretical underpinning of the digital revolution, has led to cheap digital storage, easy retrieval, and global access. Today, ...

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