It should be a basic human right to remember the past with fondness as being better than it actually was. Unfortunately, for today’s generation of young people, this may already be impossible.
“Can one ever transcend one’s youth if it remains perpetually present?” asks author Kate Eichhorn. As they grow up online, an underappreciated side effect is that their entire childhoods are recorded. It may indeed be the End of Forgetting, as the title of the book this article is excerpted from predicts.