Of Memory and Forgetting: How Facebook is Warping Human Recollection…(CIA Cash At Work!)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

SputnikNews.com
08.03.2017

Memory is a notoriously imperfect thing, open to suggestion, amendment and distortion over time – however, experts worry that social media is exacerbating this problem by blurring the line between individual and collective recollection. Given human understanding of history shapes human thinking about the future, the results could be catastrophic.

In a study published in the journal Nature, researchers note that while history has oft been interpreted and misrepresented for political ends, social networks are proving a powerful tool for shaping memory, and users need little prompting to conform to a majority recollection of an event, even if it is wholly erroneous.

“Memories are shared among groups in novel ways through sites such as Facebook and Instagram, blurring the line between individual and collective memories. The development of internet-based misinformation, such as recently well-publicized fake news sites, has the potential to distort individual and collective memories in disturbing ways,” said Professor Daniel Schacter, a memory psychologist at Harvard University.

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