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January 19, 2010


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Part of it, I think, has to do with the fact that the very plenitude of factoids, fragments, and decontextualized representations make remembering difficult. The more nuggets of material are out there in the Internet archive, the more difficult it is to trace a narrative that would bind them together into complex aggregates -- there are simply way too many choices to make.

These nuggets look back at us, mute, poker-faced, and neutral, refusing to divulge their "secrets," which are in fact etched right on their surface. It's just that those secrets only take on signification once they're reinscribed in a narrative, and with the surfeit of choices, we may accidentally incribe the "wrong" narrative, trace the wrong trajectory back through the archive.

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