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This week Jonathan switches from TV and memory to social media and memory. He takes you through some core ideas about collective memory and how they connect to social media. He also explains a few different ways younger people think about the idea of social media as
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Maurice Halbwachs (1877-1945) considered the founder of collective memory studies. Timehop is an aggregator app that began in 2011 that collects and organizes photos (memories) from various social media apps. One of the more successful Facebook utilities to keep users scrolling is, of course, Facebook Memories. It began as “On This Day” in 2015. A typical social media post to remember the victims of 9/11. It can be easily searched and found, but the exact depths of such representations of collective memory remain open to debate. Rutgers sociologist Eviatar Zerubavel’s 1981 book Hidden Rhythms where he showed the power of calendars to help establish national communities. Collective memory scholar Jose van Dijck reminds us of the interplay between memory (our brains) and representations of memory (photographs) that comprise our everyday, working memory.