Seth Godin’s blog post yesterday talked about how digital sharing has impacted our memories. How we feel closer to and more personally impacted by events as we share them in the social space.
With this, I agree. Our stories are enhanced by information and perspective that we may not have encountered in the analog world. We can get closer to events and learn more from them. The collective storytelling that is enabled by such sharing helps us to process the experiences as they happen, to fully understand their impact, and to develop an understanding of what we need to change in order to move on.
Godin goes on to say:
As we continually replace real life with ever shorter digital updates, what happens to the memories we build for ourselves and the people we serve? More and more, we don’t remember what actually happened to us, but what we’ve encountered digitally.
This is where I disagree. I do not believe life and experiences are being replaced with digital feeds. For me, when I go through my day, I am looking for interesting, “mind-catching” moments, quotes, and images to share. In so doing, I am marking for memory those moments. In a world with less immediate and ongoing sharing, in an unconnected world, I would let these moments slide by. They would blend together into the blur that is daily life.
Many photographers will say that their perspective on the “everyday” changed when they discovered their passion. That they’ll often look on daily scenes as if through the viewfinder or on the screen – framing up otherwise forgettable moments because they can be art. (My pics tend more towards kittens right now)
By posting updates, I remember more of those everyday bits that fill in the space between large events. I am not doing less (or more) because I tweet. I am choosing to give flesh to my story.
What do YOU think? How does digital sharing (by you and from others) impact what you will remember and how you will tell the story?