Project 2. The Lifestream: Data, Time, Memory, and Consciousness.

The focus of this project was inspired by an article by David Gelernter, which describes the phenomenon of the lifestream–a “heterogeneous, content-searchable, real-time messaging stream” that is moving the computing experience from the dimension of space into the dimension of time.

Current internet-based products are trending towards presenting information in a live, consistently updated stream of information, with an emphasis on short amounts of text (Twitter, Facebook status updates) and quick visual information (Pinterest, Vine).

I am interested in exploring this trend in relation to theories of mind, consciousness and memory. For example, research conducted surrounding the social psychological concept of construal level theory  has found that the abstractness of memory is influenced by the nature of the stimulus (with words evoking more psychologically distant memories in space and time, and images evoking less distant memories).

Is the lifestream an accurate representation of human consciousness, or is it a molding and distortion of it?

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