The End of Forgetting: Growing Up with Social Media

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Harvard University Press
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5.6 X 0.8 X 8.4 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Kate Eichhorn's work explores the history of media technology and its impact on our lives. She is Associate Professor of Culture and Media at The New School and author of several books, most recently Adjusted Margin.


Well-written, well-researched, and insightful. The End of Forgetting will contribute to our growing discussion on the role and place of social media in everyday life, and the impact that new media practices have on our understanding of identity, childhood, and the process of becoming an adult.--Mark Nunes, author of Cyberspaces of Everyday Life
An elegantly written book on a timely and very important topic. Eichhorn blends stories, facts, and research to portray the role digital and social media play in young people's self-conceptions, identity development, and public image, and reveals why it is important to protect young people's ability to forget parts of the past.--Simon Nørby, Aarhus University
A necessary, original, and unexpected perspective on the impact of digital technologies on children today.--Marcus Boon, York University
Growing up online, Eichhorn worries, might impede our ability to edit memories, cull what needs to be culled, and move on.--New Yorker (08/08/2019)
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.-- (10/23/2019)
Eichhorn's work needs to be included in public discourse about how we make meaning of self and others in digital spaces. We are still in the midst of making sense of the impact of social media on how we record our lives and, by so doing, how we unavoidably carry our digital history forward. The End of Forgetting reminds readers that sampling experiences and trying out different personalities, sometimes in error, is part of the human condition. The degree to which we should forgive others, or hold them responsible, remains a pressing but unacknowledged ethical concern.-- (07/08/2019)