Fascinating post from David Pell, talking about how digital photography (among other things) is potentially (read: likely) changing the way we remember ourselves:
Snapping and sharing photos from meaningful events is nothing new. But the frequency with which we take pictures and the immediacy with which we view them will clearly have a deep impact on the way we remember.
I distinctly remember not seeing many pictures of myself when I was a kid. I know there are a ton of them out there, I have albums full from my parents and grandparents, but I don’t ever remember looking at them. I really wonder what the long term effect will be, or if there is a long term effect of this immediacy with which kids view photos.
It’s also interesting to me that, perhaps because of the time I grew up, I don’t feel an immediate need to review photos. I often snap pictures on my iPhone, and then put my phone away. No editing, not reviewing, just snap-snap, and go about my day.
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