"I’ve Crammed My Head Full of Garbage!": Waste, Forgetting, and Anti-Memoria in Digital Culture

This presentation presupposes a material view of memory drawn from classical rhetorical concepts, such as the method of loci mnemonic and the commonplaces of Aristotle, Cicero, and Quintilian, as well as contemporary sources in distributed cognition, including Andy Clark's Natural Born Cyborgs and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Eugene Rochberg-Halton's The Meaning of Things. Its claim is that as formerly tangible objects of memory are increasingly subsumed into online networks the rhetorical canon of memoria shifts to become anti-memoria, focused not on retention but on exclusion.