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How long can an event hold humanity's attention? There's an equation for that.

Societies are forgetting more

A major study has found that recollection of events of popular culture, in a society as a whole, is degrading

In media, biographies last longer in memory than current music. Old/retro music is not in communicative memory but is remembered and accessed from the archives.

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How long can an event hold humanity's attention? There's an equation for that.

How long can an event hold humanity's attention? There's an equation for that.

https://www.popsci.com/how-collective-memories-decay/

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A collective decline in Memory

Various studies are being done on how long can any event or an artistic creation hold the public's attention, and findings suggest that there is a collective decline in memory and attention, at a universal level.

Societies are forgetting more

A major study has found that recollection of events of popular culture, in a society as a whole, is degrading

In media, biographies last longer in memory than current music. Old/retro music is not in communicative memory but is remembered and accessed from the archives.

Two kinds of Memory

There are two kinds of memory:

  • Communicative: based on current news events and happenings. (eg. a new pop song)
  • Cultural: the kind of historic memory, for information that can be accessed in the archives (eg. a biography of a dead celebrity)

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