Mnemonomics

8 April 2008 at 12:10 am Leave a comment

While developing a presentation for a group of librarians about social bookmarking as public memory, this neologism “mnemonomics” occurred to me as a way to organize my presentation.  What I have been trying to do with bloglines and del.icio.us is to “manage my mnemonic prosthetics”:  if we think of technology as a prosthesis or extension of our memories, then scanning headlines from the WALL STREET JOURNAL, NEW YORK TIMES, NPR, etc. and adding ones I want to keep into my delicious account become a way of laying down my cyborg memories.

Mnemonomics:  a fusion of mneme (“memory”) and nomos (“management”).  A bit tricky on the tongue, however.  Try saying mnemonomician, for example!

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Entry filed under: mnemology, psychoenergonomics, words.

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