Thursday, August 04, 2005

Social Memory and Discourse Communities: A Fragment of a Thought

From an email I sent to someone at some point this summer -- the context is forgotten, but I kept this little bit:

"No one has the same memories as I do even if we're remembering the same event. As for social memory, we all share it but as individuals we can interpret it differently just as we do with texts. Social memories are one way of defining groups -- you can think of social memory groups as a kind of discourse community or vise versa. It may just be an analogy, but at some level I think we can think of them as one and the same. I need to tease this idea out more."

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