Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age (New in Paper)

Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age (New in Paper)

by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger
     
 

"If the gathering, storage, and processing of information puts us all in the center of a digital panopticon, the failure to forget creates a panopticon crossbred with a time-travel machine. Mayer-Schönberger catalogs the range of social concerns that are arising as technology favors remembering over forgetting, and offers some approaches that might give

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"If the gathering, storage, and processing of information puts us all in the center of a digital panopticon, the failure to forget creates a panopticon crossbred with a time-travel machine. Mayer-Schönberger catalogs the range of social concerns that are arising as technology favors remembering over forgetting, and offers some approaches that might give forgetting a respected place in the digital world. Read this book. Don't forget about forgetting."—David Clark, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Delete is, ironically, a book you will not forget. It provides a sweeping but well-balanced account of the challenges we face in a world where our digital traces are saved for life. These issues transcend just issues of privacy but go to the heart of how our society and we as individuals function, remember, and learn. I highly recommend this most informative and delightful book."—John Seely Brown, University of Southern California, coauthor of The Social Life of Information

"An erudite and wide-reaching account of the role that forgetting has played in history—and how forgetting became an exception due to digital technology and global networks. Mayer-Schönberger vividly depicts the legal, social, and cultural implications of a world that no longer remembers how to forget. Delete deserves the broadest possible readership."—Paul M. Schwartz, Berkeley School of Law

"In a work of extraordinary breadth and erudition, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger broadens the 'privacy' debate to encompass the dimension of time. His concept of 'digital forgetting' reshapes how sociologists, technologists, and policymakers must define and protect individual autonomy as technology usurps the prerogatives of human memory."—Philip Evans, Boston Consulting Group

"Human society has taken for granted the fact of forgetting. Technology has made us less able to forget, and this change, as Mayer-Schönberger nicely demonstrates, will have a profound effect on society. We as a culture must think carefully and strategically about this incredibly significant problem. Delete will spark a debate we need to have."—Lawrence Lessig, author of Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy

"Delete is a refreshingly philosophical take on the new dilemmas created by extensive digital documentation of our daily lives. Mayer-Schönberger's background in business and technology leads him to a creative and novel response to the challenges generated by persistent storage of data. Delete is a valuable contribution."—Frank Pasquale, Seton Hall Law School

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691150369
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/25/2011
Edition description:
With a New afterword by the author
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,343,935
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter I: Failing to Forget the "Drunken Pirate" 1

Chapter II: The Role of Remembering and the Importance of Forgetting 16

Chapter III: The Demise of Forgetting—and Its Drivers 50

Chapter IV: Of Power and Time—Consequences of the Demise of Forgetting 92

Chapter V: Potential Responses 128

Chapter VI: Reintroducing Forgetting 169

Chapter VII: Conclusions 196

Afterword to the Paperback Edition 201

Notes 211

Bibliography 231

Index 245

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