Thursday, July 8, 2010

Old purpose

Information-glut leads to forgetting and shame as well as damages precious personal experience that is supposed to be true or sincere. Baxter portrays the negatives of excessive information.

New purpose

The inescapable fact is that people would submit to forgetting and shame about memory in the information age, and would simultaneously control the erasure of information appropriately.


Revised Introduction


In the essay, “Shame and Forgetting in the Information Age” by Charles Baxter, he analyzes that information is divided into data provided by digital and printed media and personal experience in the information age. To talk about data, the flood of data gives rise to the ‘forgetting’ of memory due to memory limit, and the forgetting that plays a pivotal role of the information era leads to ‘shame.’ Those result in influenced on places where personal experience is expressed. That is, writers’ excessive cognition that people might be reluctant to remember much information makes narrative authors take too much information off and confuses readers with dysfunctional narratives. Therefore, the inescapable fact is that people would submit to forgetting and shame about memory in the information age, and would simultaneously control the erasure of information appropriately.

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