The Mistake That Is History

In the Information Age, we forget the importance of forgetting things

Jared Barlament
7 min readMar 5, 2023

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I know I’m not the only one who feels like the overload of information available to us now, especially when it comes to our own history, is more a detriment than anything in the way most of us interact with it. Our collective knowledge feels no longer like a lived-in cultural memory bank. It feels like a static, hollow, chaotic, and non-specific thing, alien to all of ourselves and inspiring to only a dwindling few. Our knowledge is so vast, and its access so easy…

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Jared Barlament

Author and essayist from Wisconsin studying anthropology and philosophy at Columbia University.