A case for deleting our pasts

In Andrew Sniderman’s ‘My Beef with Gmail‘ he writes:

The hidden danger of Gmail is that it creates a link to the past that is too strong, too convenient. Our mistakes and our frailties lie right below the surface, revisited with ease. It is possible that Gmail users who don’t delete their messages have created their very own historical panopticons. We may be able to see our entire written record, but it also looks at us. Preservation gives the past more weight than it sometimes deserves.

There’s something to be said for more forcefully living in the now by automatically deleting everything over a year old on all accounts: who needs old tweets, emails, or text messages? Any platform that involves an ‘archive’ should have a ‘don’t delete this’ checkbox. After a year passes WHOOSH. Whoosh being the sound of the unprotected messages vaporizing. I believe this is also the sound of being encouraged to move on into the now.

It’ll reduce the acres of server farms necessary to keep your past alive and speed up all queries made into your past.  Of course I understand the need for a reflective journal and personal letters. A majority of the content deleted will be Bacn anyways. Time to slice up the “infallible memory”:

The obvious solution, of course, is to delete. Yet my index finger still quivers above my mouse when I ready an archival guillotine. Somehow Gmail has managed to make trashing messages feel like an act of cowardice. Gmail earns our appreciation for the small conveniences of infallible memory, but we ignore the virtues of forgetting.

We cannot lament all footprints that fade in a snowstorm.

Willa Koerner at Liquid Spaces Friday September 24th (San Francisco)



Liquid Spaces‘ Grand Opening / green infrastructure book partay this Friday features the work of my so-talented-it-hurts girlfriend Willa Koerner in her official art gallery debut. What should you expect? I’ve posted some of Willa’s latest below, but you should also check out her latest videos here and more of her excellent art work on willakoerner.com.

Now would be a good time to follow her blog.

LANDSAT 8 from Willa Koerner on Vimeo.


Thai Funk [music]

[audio:https://moneydick.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/08-Kod-Hang-Kam-The-Circle-of-Karma-aka-The-Wall.mp3|titles=08 Kod Hang Kam (The Circle of Karma) (aka The Wall)]

You’re listening to: Kod Hang Kam – The Circle of Karma. If this inspires you to go to Thailand, check out all the songs that may soon appear in Soul Sides’ mixtape: Pass the Sriracha: Soul, Funk and Psych from the Asian Diaspora here.

If you need more, slam here.

(Pictured are ‘The Impossibles‘)