’We need a term to describe these processes [of collective remembering and forgettingM.T.] and to relate them to historical changes in the technology of storage systems, in the sociology of the groups concerned, in the media and in the structures of storage, tradition, and the circulation of cultural meaningin short, to encompass all such functional concepts as tradition forming, past reference, and political identity or imagination. That term is cultural memory.
Jan Assman quoted in Tamm Marek, « Beyond history and Memory: new Perspectives in Memory Studies », History Compass 11 (6), 2013, pp. 458–473.
Memory has been lost to the hyperconnective illusion of an open access world of the availability, accessibility and reproduceability of the past. I say ‘illusion’ as our submergence in post-scarcity culture has also elided what is really at stake here: the loss of security of vision that the past once afforded (…) and a slippage of the grasp of what effect all our current entanglements with media will have on remembering and forgetting. The past has been stripped of its once retrospective coherence and stability, entangled in today’s melee of uncertainty.
Hoskins A. (éd.), Digital memory studies: media pasts in transition, Routledge, 2017, p. 5-6.
Twitter data only (1st April 2014 - 1st December 2019)
⇒ One 11th November outside the Centenary
9,1 millions tweets (2/3 of RTs)
1 million users
Because we can.
(FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP)
Content vs Practices
Academic controversies vs social media controversies?
Levi-Strauss Claude, La pensée sauvage, Paris, Plon, 1962.