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Michelle L. Meade, Celia B. Harris, Penny Van Bergen, John Sutton, and Amanda J. Barnier

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198737865

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198737865.001.0001

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Digital Media and the Precarity of Memory

Digital Media and the Precarity of Memory

(p.371) Chapter 21 Digital Media and the Precarity of Memory
Collaborative Remembering

Andrew Hoskins

Oxford University Press

sMemory, tired of its metaphors of media that gave it substance, strength, and vitality in the world, has embraced the new radical uncertainty of this era. Digital media have unmoored memory, messing with its traditional constraints (brains, groups, archives) to send it off in trajectories with unpredictable finitude and effects. As our attention is held by screens and smartphones, it is lost to memory. But what are the prospects of ever arresting the new gray media’s rendering of remembering beyond human focus? This chapter takes digital media as memory’s most radical collaborator and argues that recognition is needed of the emergent risks from the digital underlayer to twenty-first century living that is pushing remembering out of focus and out of human control.

Keywords:   digital media, gray media, gray memory, postscarcity culture, mediatization of attention, emergence, media ecology, new memory ecology

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