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Simmer down after a day chockful of panels and awesomeness that is SXSW before gearing up for the full night ahead.
Keeping with tradition, thouough we're moving the mellow meetup to Skinny's Ballroom
(NOT Lustre Pearl)
Details: Saturday at 6pm, a couple blocks from the Convention Center
115 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX 78701
Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CT)
- talk, share, enjoy a cold beverage*, grab a taco* from the truck, amaze each other...
*free (Thanks to our fairy godmother sponsor: Serials Solutions who loves awesome kicking ass library folk)
April 2011: Friendster announces they would delete their entire database of user photos, posts, and profiles. This was met with an outcry from long-lost members who were not ready to let go of that part of their digital lives. Like Geocities before them, Friendster has a rather contemporary dilemma: what happens when you’re responsible for thousands of digital memories?
With so much of our lives experienced digitally, the stories we tell and the lives we construct online have become increasingly tied to our real life selves. Our 'digital self' has a memory; one made up of wall posts, status updates, photos, and blogs (or more precisely, data). What happens when these online artifacts are deleted or lost? How much worth do we assign to these digital memories, and what does it mean to lose them forever?
This not only affects us as individuals, but also has ramifications for understanding and preserving our current cultural and historical moment. Future generations will only have the digital memories we preserve to learn about us; what will archaeologists say when they find a world without Facebook? With such a disposable way of documenting our lives, have social networks set us up for cultural extinction?
Using Geocities and Friendster as case studies, this panel will explore the issues and possible solutions to the loss of digital memory on both a personal and cultural level.
9th–13th March 2012