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Memory as a currency of power

An electronic document is literally created anew each time it is accessed. (Kirschenbaum, Mechanisms 203)

This just reminded me of the way web pages sometimes load in piece by piece if you're using a slow internet connection. I'm assuming that the order is determined by the size of the elements (those with smaller file sizes are loaded first), which relates to our discussion about memory in class last week.

In digital culture, memory is a form of power. The more memory your computer has (both hard drive disk space and RAM), the faster it functions and the more information it can process and store. It's the same with digital cameras, mp3 players, cell phones, etc. More and more devices are including space for additional memory as they get the digital treatment (photo frames, for example), because a digital device is only as useful as its memory allows.



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