"A person's life-log, therefore, will not be just an enormous digital archive, it will be '...a kind of universal prosthetic memory' which '...creates profound differences in our consciousness and in our work practices: all which had been fleeting or consigned to a folder itself consigned to dust is now, should we wish, active and present in our lives" (Dodge & Kitchin, p. 8).
I thought the explanation and thoughts about life logs in the Dodge & Kitchin reading was really interesting. You can see life logs come to life through the development of Timeline on Facebook. It's basically a short graphical representation of your entire lifetime on Facebook. Timeline is all about making the information that exists on Facebook, more accessible and viewable to other users and "friends." Of course when Timeline was first rolled out and any other time Facebook makes forced changes to the social network, about a quarter of the Facebook population threatens to leave. However, the longer one remains on Facebook, I believe the harder it is to leave because your Facebook profile is a representation of your life log...it doesn't just summarize your life for others to see, it summarizes your life for you so you can remember, reflect, and review your own history/existence. Timeline remembers so you don't have to.
I know for me personally, I may not be as active on Facebook as I used to be, but I feel like I could never get rid of my profile because of my photo albums. My mom has an entire closet of photo albums for my siblings and I while we were growing up, and my Facebook profile holds all the photos and digital images of my life that no one else was there to record for me. It may sound silly but...I feel like I can never delete my Facebook because I don't want to lose the memories of that time in my life that I experienced on my own. I don't want to delete that part of my life log. With everything we talk about in class about how people were raised without the Internet and without certain technologies, this preservation of my life log seems so frivolous and unnecessary, but I guess since Facebook provides me that opportunity to record my history, I will take full advantage of it.
Of course, the end of the Dodge & Kitchin reading expressed an interesting thought:
"Life-logs are unforgiving of mistakes because of their ubiquitous and merciless memory; forgetting allows forgiving. Without fallibility life-logs might never happen because people will oppose their development. In that sense, forgetting may be an essential ingredient to pervasive computing" (p. 17).
It would be interesting to see if life logs will ever cross a moral/ethical line that will result in the creation and enforcement of more strict Internet laws.