This book is collection of essays about the archiving and fuction of digital memories. The Introduction of the book identifies text messages are one such memory and raises the question of how digital memories will represent us to future generations and which parts of our digital culture are worth preserving. This will add to my discussion of whether text messages are worth preseving. Paul Arthur's essay, "Saving Lives: Digital Biography and Life Writing" discusses the shift that will occur in research and writing of biographies. Biographers will have to look at digital artifacts of a life as paper records become rarer. He specifically mentions digital communciation replacing paper correspondance. This essay will help me discuss the role of text messages in future life writings. Anna Reading's essay, "Memobilia: the Mobile Phone adn the Emergence of Wearable Memories," discusses the reconceptualization of memory through mobile phones. She notes that the memobilia saved on mobile phones acts as both a "communicative and cultural memory." This article would help me discuss the role of text messaging as memobilia and its place in "cultural memory."
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