Have a listen to this conversation between PUP author Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Mark Memmott of NPR’s The Two-Way blog. Mark writes on the blog:
I came upon Mayer-Schonberger’s thinking in Wired magazine. His premise intrigued me because I’ve always wanted to know what the world looked like thousands of years ago, what great historical figures sounded like — and what life was like for my grandparents and other ancestors I never knew. Here was someone making the case that there might be a downside to my thinking.
We spoke by telephone — Mayer-Schonberger was in Seattle. He was sympathetic to my thinking, but argued that it’s not good if “whatever we do, whatever images are taken of us, will be around for decades to come” — and available to use against us.
Copies of Viktor’s book, Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age have just arrived in our warehouse this week and will soon be available everywhere.