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mrs. dalloway movieEver wonder about how the Virginia Woolf novel Mrs. Dalloway might change if her characters participated in social media?

Well, let me introduce Joshua Rothman, who writes about ideas and books for NewYorker.com and is also the archivist at The New Yorker. He explores that concept in an interview on data privacy.

In it, he speculates about how Clarissa Dalloway’s life might be affected if a photo of her kiss with Sally Seton, an event she never shares with anyone, had been posted on Instagram, for example. He also wonders how her memory of that kiss would be affected.

Rothman and the other participants in the interview speculate about how the digital age is changing the process of forgetting and forgiving — and forcing us to remember things we may want to forget.

Because in a digital age, forgetting is costly and hard, and remembering is the default. – Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

You can read the article, “Big Data, Virginia Woolf, and the Right to be Forgotten,” or download the podcast on the Policy Innovations website.

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