The Alphabet is the first Mnemotechnics which is orthotic in nature, and yet today organizes the agenda of managing (Stiegler, n.d.). The mnemotechnics refers to the technique which integrates the thoughts, minds and experiences of human beings and saved for people later to recall. At the end of 15th century, the printing press and mechanical techniques of production which provided a extremely new and made the way to store the memory.
Actually, the mnemotechnics now is techno-logical forms of knowledge. Moreover, the mnemotechnics is a kind of structural loss of memory, also, on the contrary, is a control of knowledge which displaced memory. For example, the GPS used when people drives cars. When the more technology improved, the less we know how to drive.
Besides the traditional printing press, there are a plenty of media advents such as media archives help people maintain the memory. For instance, the contacts on the cellphone played a necessary role in our life. It’s easily to find that we cannot remember enough contacts as much as before. Last week, I lost all the contacts on my cellphone, and I felt I almost lose the contact with the outside world. However, Stiegler describes our growing reliance on technologies: “Now, these cognitive technologies, to which we confide a greater and greater part of our memory, cause us to lose an ever-greater part of our knowledge. To lose a cell phone is to lose the trace of the telephone numbers of our correspondents and to realise that they are no longer in the psychical memory but in the apparatuss’s.”
Furthermore, Husserl (1964) put forward a memory theory which integrates primary and secondary memory. The primary memory is a lived experience in the ongoing moment which means a memory of a period. And the secondary memory is normally called ‘memory’ to recall. Our normall memory will be affected on technologies such as Internet is easily to lose. Also, synesthesia stories suggest that each time you recall something, you are remaking and rethinking something. For my personal experience, the Facebook page is a kind of technology which help me remember the things happened past-present. The timeline help me recall the things happened at one actual moment, however, some details maybe blurred and mis-remembered by the normal memory.
Husserl, E 1964, ‘Lessons on Time’ in The Phenomenology of Internal Time-Consciousness, Indiana University Press,Bloomington.
Stiegler, B n.d., ‘Anamnesis and Hypomnesis: Plato as the first thinker of the proletarianisation’, accessed in 27th Mar 2013, <http://arsindustrialis.org/anamnesis-and-hypomnesis>
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