Recreating Memories + Stories
I'm just going to post this before I lose this train of thought. I'm really interested in what we talked about in class today about the construction of all of our memories. This made me think of how we constantly mediate everything that surrounds us. I'm going to ground my thoughts in examples and what I'm looking at are class notes:
This is an image of my class notes from today. (Admittedly, they are not as comprehensive as my notes usually because I'm running on four hours of sleep.) If I wanted to tell someone what happened today in class, I could look at these class notes to prompt me. However, reconstructing from this data would be different from the "actual" discussion that we had today because I mediated the points that intrigued me personally. I also included other things that helped me understand the discussion. For example, I have references to other theorists that helped me think through the thoughts in my head. Therefore, if I were to reconstruct the "reality" that happened today, it would be near impossible to "tell the full story".
But does this really matter? I have the "gist" of the class discussion and I took out of it the things that I wanted to. While other people in the class might want to highlight other things, what I've included is relevant to me. I acknowledge that other people's opinions might differ but at the end of the day, I'm going to take just a couple of strands of conversation with me. Does it really matter if my reconstruction of class today is not completely the "truth"?