Monthly Archives: December 2010

the virtue of planned erasure

What if you were asked to set an expiration date for every file you saved on your computer? Imagine what would take place on that date. Your file would be automatically erased from your computer and anywhere else that it … Continue reading

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erasing in mind: of wax tablets and blank slates

In the nature versus nurture debate, tabula rasa is a powerful image representing the idea of the mind as a “blank slate” open from birth to impression through learning and perception. Yet, the term is somewhat inaccurately translated and oddly … Continue reading

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importing forgetfullness, staging erasure

Erasability was an important feature of the Renaissance writing tables. These little books were heralded for their functionality, portability, affordability, and by some accounts, their value for reflection upon the human condition. In “Hamlet’s Tables and the Technologies of Writing … Continue reading

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