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Will There Be Condominiums in Data Space?

I’m very fascinated by the use of video as a means to create, communicate, and archive, and remember.  This is probably because my memory and imagination (sometimes not sure which is which) play more like streaming video than like words in a diary.  As Viola mentions in this piece, portions can be edited and rearranged, again, like memories seem to be.  The concept of video as memory is interesting too.  While it can act as a archive (which I think of more as storage), remembering feels like a different process.  With an archive I feel like I need to have an index, so that I can find what I’m looking for – but I first need to know what I’m looking for.  With memories, there seem to be fuzzy connections between seemingly unrelated events that can spawn new or different connections that I didn’t remember having in the first place.  Is this imagination?  This is all completely outside of what I’ve thought about before, but I’m guessing experts have examined the intersection of memory and imagination.

So I Googled it.  “Memory & Imagination” came up as a page from Michael Lawrence Films, coincidentally with a tribute to Steve Jobs at the top and a quote from Ted Koppel:

“We record everything. Everything. The impact of that becomes totally numbing. I mean, future generations are going to be looking at literally billions of pictures and reams of videotape and film; and I’m not sure that they’ll be able to make any sense out of it.

“I fear that we in the mass media are creating such a market for mediocrity that we are losing our ability to manage ideas, to contemplate, to think. We are becoming a nation of electronic voyeurs whose capacity for informed dialogue is a fading memory.”

The second link I clicked was for “Imagination and Memory” – which is apparently advertising a book called, “Secrets of Mental Suprememacy”.  The word supremacy is like a stop sign for me, so I didn’t read any further.

I just realized now how automatic this process was.  I had two terms in mind, memory and imagination, and wondered how these had been put together so far (at least as indexed by Google).  Not not I couldn’t rely on my own, but wanted to explore how others had made meaning of these.  Instantly I had access to nearly infinite sums of both memories and imagination (indexed? archived?) on the Web.  What did we do before all of this was at our finger tips?  It wasn’t that long ago, but it’s very hard to remember. I have no idea what this has to do with condos.

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