This groundbreaking and truly interdisciplinary collection of essays examines how digital media technologies require us to rethink established conceptualisations of human memory in terms of its discourses, forms and practices.
What is digital memory? How are digital technologies changing what we remember and how? Records of the past used to be expensive and bulky to keep, and difficult to access. But digital media technologies provide cheap data storage and easy data retrieval, with mobile networks enabling unprecedented global accessibility and participation in the creation of memories. Save As! Digital Memories brings together leading international scholars to address on-line memorials, blogging, mobile phones, social networking sites and the digital archive. They focus on topical subjects such the 'war on terror', cyberpunk, the Holocaust, digital remixing and the virtual museum. Trans-disciplinary and original, the book will appeal to those interested in how digital media technologies shape human memory. Providing an accessible and bold introduction to the subject of digital memory, each essay shows how digital technologies are changing human memory discourses, practices and forms, as well as the way we conceptualise memory itself.
List of Illustrations Notes on Contributors Introduction PART I: DIGITAL MEMORY DISCOURSES The Mediatization of Memory; A.Hoskins Saving Lives: Digital Biography and Life Writing; P.L.Arthur Rewind, Remix, Rewrite: Digital and Virtual Memory in Cyberpunk Cinema; S.E.Matrix PART II: DIGITAL MEMORY FORMS Memobilia: The Mobile Phone and the Emergence of Wearable Memories; A.Reading Remembering and Recovering Shanghai: Seven Jewish Families Reconnect in Cyberspace; A.Jakubowicz Archiving the Gaze: Relation-Images, Adaptation and Digital Mnemotechnologies; B.Lessard PART III: DIGITAL MEMORY PRACTICES MyMemories?: Personal Digital Archive Fever and Facebook; J.Garde-Hansen The Online Brazilian Museu da Pessoa; M.Clarke Digital Storytelling and the Performance of Memory; J.Kidd Remixing Memory in Digital Media; S.Wilson Notes Bibliography Index