memory

“Jason Hill, professor of philosophy at the College of Liberal Art and Social Sciences at DePaul University, has coined the term “the right to forget where one is from”. In his book Becoming a Cosmopolitan: What it Means to be a Human Being in the New Millennium, he suggested that embracing forgetfulness “dispenses with the attachment that makes difficult the resocialization of self and values warranted by any attempt at radical self-transformation”. Paradoxically, then, it might well be that the only way to belong, to heed the call of becoming, is to “unbelong”, to forget where you came from.” – An Atlas of the Clouds

“The European Union’s new law giving people a “right to be forgotten,” which requires Google to remove links to information about them, is having exactly the effect its critics predicted: It is censoring the internet, giving new tools that help the rich and powerful (and ordinary folk) hide negative information about them, and letting criminals make their histories disappear.” – Google Is Being Forced To Censor The History Of Merrill Lynch — And That Should Terrify You