Memory and Capturing Moments

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As I was reading "Smarter Than You Think" a few of the things Clive Thompson really stuck with me. For example, he said "every new tool shapes the way we think, as well as what we think about". This quote really rang true to me because when I think about the things I appreciate in life, I often think "how can I take a picture of this for Instagram?" or "should I post this to my Facebook?". These new tools and technologies have changed the way I think about things while I'm in the situation because I want to document them for the world to see. I also start to think about social media during moments that I should be focusing on the present, which can be a bad trait of the new technology (and I'm definitely not one of the most social-media addicted people that I know).

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The second chapter analyzes the ability to record our memories and if this is a good idea. Thompson states regarding memory that, "You pull up the accurate gist, but you're missing a lot of details. So you imaginatively fill in the missing details with stuff that seems plausible, whether or not it's actually what happened." I think that if we started recording our memories, it would solve a lot of problems. For example: fights about things that happened in the past: you could simply look back and prove what is right and what is not. It would also help for crimes seeing as eye witness accounts always seem to be different because its from each different person's memory. It would also take away our right to forget about a dark past, which could be negative for most people.

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laurenew's picture

Hey Kelly!

Totally agree with the first part of your post, I'm constantly thinking about whether something is worth posting or not and a lot of times I get so wrapped up in this that I miss what's going on around me. Still love social media though, no shame. I also love the way that you talk about using recording memory for eyewitness accounts of crimes, it would definitely make the job easier for the criminal justice system. It would be cool if there were a way to choose to remember everything or forget the difficult parts of our past, kind of how Deb Roy had a button to erase the parts of his videos he didn't think needed to be seen again.

abbycothran's picture

I really like this post! Your

I really like this post! Your quote: "This quote really rang true to me because when I think about the things I appreciate in life, I often think "how can I take a picture of this for Instagram?" or "should I post this to my Facebook?" really captures a interesting point about the ways we remember things as a generation.