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CHAPTER VI

Reintroducing Forgetting

If we want to address the challenges of digital remembering, we may have to tackle the very shift that led to the demise of forgetting: where we used to forget over time, we now have the capacity to remember perfectly. Retaining information in our digital memories has become the default of how we operate, how we interact with our technical tools, and with each other. Today, remembering is so widespread I have argued, because it no longer requires a conscientious act, a tiny bit of time, energy, or money that we need to expend to commit information to digital memory. Digital forgetting, on the other hand, necessitates that extra quantum of human effort.

I suggest we reset this balance, and make forgetting just ...

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