Techdirt Reading List: When We Are No More: How Digital Memory Is Shaping Our Future

from the memory-is-about-the-future dept

We're back again with another in our weekly reading list posts of books we think our community will find interesting and thought provoking. Once again, buying the book via the Amazon links in this story also helps support Techdirt.


Earlier this week, I heard Abby Smith Rumsey do a wonderful and fascinating interview with Russ Roberts on his Econtalk podcast. Rumsey is a writer and historian who spent many years working at or with the Library of Congress working on archiving and preserving cultural works -- including many years focusing on digital preservation. Out of that comes her book, When We Are No More: How Digital Memory Is Shaping Our Future.

I haven't yet read the whole thing, but from what I have read, it's a wonderfully written book that delves into a number of issues not just around archiving and preserving digital content -- but thinking about what is memory itself, including about how important it is to the future. The book (not surprisingly) does touch a bit on questions we often discuss here, such as copyright, but also provokes a lot of thought around the nature of digital content, and whether or not we'll really be able to preserve it going into the future. Of course, it also talks about why it's so important to preserve information and looks at some historical issues around culture preservation and memory. All in all, it's a really fascinating and thought-provoking work.

Filed Under: abby smith rumsey, archiving, digital archives, memory, reading list, techdirt reading list


Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread


  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 16 Jun 2016 @ 3:01pm

    It's shaping our future by giving corporate and government interests a detailed and permanent record of our past which they can use against us to increase profits/power for the rest of our lives.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2. identicon
    Wendy Cockcroft, 20 Jun 2016 @ 5:42am

    RE: Dotcom

    This is very timely and pertinent given that the data held by the servers storing MegaUpload files are degrading and in need of repair.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 16 Jul 2016 @ 3:18am

    Human beings have an evolutionary need to forget memories. The internet doesn't allow that to happen. It could take a toll on the psychological health of billions. Someone should check it out.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Close

Add A Reply

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Insider Shop - Show Your Support!

Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads

Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.