“What societies value is what they memorize. And how they memorize it and who has access to its memorized form determines who has power.”
We’re starting to become a society that “memorizes” private facts — not just public records being written down, but private thoughts, dreams and wishes.
“Living largely in a world of expensive written material and seeking to build a private database of things experienced and learned, early modern Europeans built in their minds memory palaces — imaginary rooms furnished with complex bric-a-brac and decorations. . . By walking through the rooms of the memory palace in their minds, [they] remembered things they needed to know.”
Photographs took a factual and emotional snapshot of experience and put it into a form that could be held and shared, unlike a memory palace.
“The private photograph isn’t private any more.”
I can’t do Eben’s speech justice. I will post the video when I get to it, but he’s really saying some great stuff about privacy.