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The End of Forgetting by Kate Eichhorn

The End of Forgetting: Growing Up with Social Media

Kate Eichhorn

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Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 26 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9780674976696

Thanks to Facebook and Instagram, our younger selves have been captured and preserved online. But what happens, Kate Eichhorn asks, when we can't leave our most embarrassing moments behind? Rather than a childhood cut short by a loss of innocence, the real crisis of the digital age may be the specter of a childhood that can never be forgotten.

3 stars out of 5
23 Oct 2019

"makes a great case for more cautious posting, and advocates for increasing pressure on the tech companies that hold our data"

Eichhorn’s book is an important manual for anyone who regularly posts on social media. It outlines the dangers that platforms pose, makes a great case for more cautious posting, and advocates for increasing pressure on the tech companies that hold our data. But its conclusion ... fundamentally misunderstands the way young people document their childhood on social media and the extent to which we are already haunted by our pasts... The End of Forgetting misunderstands many things, most of which are rooted in its misguided title. But there are plenty of clear and compelling insights along the way.

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