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ERIC Number: EJ1251631
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Are We Forgetting Something? Historical Memory in a Digital Age
Berson, Michael J.; Berson, Ilene R.
Social Education, v84 n2 p110-112 Mar-Apr 2020
The reality is that digital archives are fragile. Many people appreciate how information technology has revolutionized their lives but have spent little time reflecting on the historical significance of the migration from a print-based to a digital society. In the 100th year of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), it seems timely to explore the role that technology plays in documenting a shared digital memory. Today the Internet seems to be an endless resource, but the decisions that are made now may have far-reaching consequences for the future. Ultimately the question is: how do we stay connected to the past when there is no longer a tangible representation that withstands the test of time? What if there was no evidence of who we are, what we own, who governs us, where we come from? It is the nation's civic responsibility to safeguard the digitally endangered representations of cultural heritage and ensure against extinction of the nation's identity and as an interconnected world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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