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“The land was gullied and eroded and barren. The bones of dead creatures sprawled in the washes. Middens of anonymous trash. Farmhouses in the fields scoured of their paint and the clapboards spooned and sprung from the wallstuds. All of it shadowless and without feature. The road decended through a jungle of dead kudzu. A march where the dead reeds lay over the water. Beyond the edge of the fields the sullen haze hung over earth and sky alike”
The better portion of the last ten years I’ve spent in the Bronx. And while I am looking forward to bigger and brighter things as I prepare to move, I cannot help but think back not only of the time I’ve spent here, and to who I was before I moved here. So long!
Towards the end of grad school I was involved in a plagiarism issue that could have cost me my degree. And several thousands of dollars. A co-worker of my mine copied large portions of a paper and submitted it before me. The saving grace in this scandal was that I had used an unique word. Since I could define the word, and he couldn’t: he was kicked out of the program, and I stayed on. An enlightening experience.
Needless to say, I was surprised he “friended” me on Facebook. DENIED. What a jackass.
For most of human history, almost everything people did was forgotten, simply because it was so hard to record and retrieve things. But there was a benefit: “Social forgetting” allowed everyone to move on from embarrassing or ill-conceived moments in their lives.
Digital tools have eliminated that amnesty. Google caches copies of our blog postings; social-networking sites thrive by archiving our daily dish. Society now defaults to a relentless Proustian remembrance of all things past.