The End of Forgetting, Rosen-Style
Jeffrey Rosen has written a superb piece entitled The End of Forgetting in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. The piece explores how, in our information age, damaging personal information often cannot be forgotten. It recalls Friedrich Nietzsche’s “eternal return” quandary:
What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: ‘This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more’ . . . . Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus?”
Rosen’s piece offers insights and potential solutions from Concurring Opinions favorites — our very own Dan Solove, guest blogger Paul Ohm, star author Jonathan Zittrain whose book The Future of the Internet (And How to Stop It) will be the focus on an online symposium in early September, and Bright Ideas scholar M. Ryan Calo — as well as other exciting scholars like Cass Sunstein, Viktör Mayer-Schonberger and Alessandro Acquisti.
UPDATE: Mike Madison at Madisonian has a superb post on the piece as well.