I’ve never done a “reblog,” but Michael is a guy whose thinking really resonates with me. This post about the narrative unity of life, a subject very dear to me, is worth reading.
Originally posted on The Frailest Thing:
Below are links to three essays in conversation with one another on the relative merits of Facebook as augmented memory. Jurgenson argues that expressing the “glad I didn’t have Facebook” sentiment is likely to reinforce what he considers an unhealthy preoccupation with consistency of identity over time. Boesel and Horning each offer diverging perspectives on Jurgenson’s piece. I’m glad for the exchange since it foregrounds an aspect of social media’s consequences that seems to get less attention than it deserves. What follows is not really a response to these essays so much as another reflection on the theme.
“Glad I Didn’t Have Facebook In High School” by Nathan Jurgenson
“Let Sleeping Memories Lie: High School and the Facebookless Past” by Whitney Erin Boesel
“Everyday schadenfreude” by Rob Horning
Several months back I wrote a couple of posts on Facebook and memory. The first considered Facebook as a form of
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