Here is my final paper, entitled “Mediating Memories” (PDF 1.9MB). You can also read through this Scribd document if you don’t want to download the PDF.
Well done! This is an excellent reworking of your original draft. I love the way you incorporated and parsed relevant images, and I think your theoretical set-up is robust and sets the stage for the rest of the paper. Your work with Stiegler, Derrida, and Kittler is lucid and helps me understand what is at stake in your discussion.
Okay, now it’s time for me to ramble a bit. 😉 Part of my background is in cog-sci and philosophy of mind, so treatments of memory always excite me. One thing that I see in both Derrida and Stiegler (bear in mind my exposure to both is far less than yours) is, rightly, a focus on hypomnesis. Now, when it comes to anamnesis, there are no static architectures in the brain underwriting storage–neuronal death and such leads to dendritic rewiring and, blah, blah, blah. As I read your discussion on feed-back loops, and start thinking about the fluid embodiments of anamnesis, I’m starting to see the violence of archiving in confusing and stimulating ways. Your paper has challenged and enriched me. Thanks!
Thanks for the comment, Adam! Can you give an example of a “confusing way” that I deal with embodiment and anamnesis? I am sort of new to the topic of cognition/memory. I am not sure why I chose it, in retrospect!
I still can’t believe how much information we consume. It just doesn’t seem possible that we ingest that much information….and as graduate students….we ingest a lot of information! Hmmm….I wonder how we would compare to the “normal Joe.”
One of the questions that you pose early in the paper – “Who decides how to filter the information that consumers can access?” – really caught my attention. As I read just a little further, I had a moment where I had a “duh!” experience! Of course there are going to lawyers and legal entanglements! But, this question really makes you think. I could be wrong here – and haven’t done any research on it recently – but I think that either it is going to happen soon or it just happened – that a bunch of information with respect to the Kennedy archives was revealed. (After making that comment, I just had to google it! It’s 2017 – so a few years yet!) But really – who gets to decide? And, how do they justify making those decisions for millions and millions of people? Should we be able to make those decisions for ourselves? It’s kind of like censorship in the local library….who gets to decide what books can be there?
So, of course, I kept reading to the end because that question was in the very beginning!
Your paper is just fascinating to me. Truthfully – I’m aware of archives – but I’ve never thought about it like this before. Your argument is woven together very well, and it was a pleasure to read all the way to the very end! Very, very interesting. Thanks for letting me enjoy it!
Have a great summer! I enjoyed having class with you and exchanging comments back and forth!
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