Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is, as anticipated, excellent. Erasing one's memory might seem far-fetched, but re-editing the past on the Internet is easy. The totalitarian dream of Mao and Lenin (and the nightmare of Orwell) can now be carried out with little efforts. Unfortunately, I find myself in the company of Mao and Lenin - I have been guilty of deleting a post on the Filter^ when
I realised its flaws it was pointed out to me that my argument was flawed. Such action, of course, means critical debates can no longer be carried out, since the goal posts are constantly moving:
How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!Thanks to the Wayback Machine, however, it's now more difficult to conduct such shameless activity. The Wayback Machine provides an archive of the Internet, stretching all the way back to 1996. Each snapshot of a page is recorded with exact date and time, and comparison along a timeline can be carried out. See Chapter 9 of Lessig's Free Culture for more on the Wayback Machine.
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd
Or maybe we should listen to Nietzsche: "Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders."