The Fragility of Memory

Nice piece by Joshua Sarinana, a neuroscientist at MIT, over at PetaPixel on the fragility of memory and why manipulated images can have a pervasive effect on society.

He ends with some great questions which, if I were a true academic, I’d be all over:

Given the exponential growth of photographs taken and uploaded to social media sites each day, we should begin to explore how photography can be used in both helpful and harmful ways. How should we as individuals and as a society use photography to help maintain an accurate and precise history?

How do we know if our memories are our own or if they were manipulated? And, how can we identify when manipulated photos are negatively impacting our personal and collective memories?

Mark E. Johnson

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