Category: 03) Cinders, Ash, And Commitment

This chapter discusses how the hypermediation of narratives changes the experience of history. Salvo specifically looks at holocaust narratives, comparing and contrasting real memory with digital testimony. He examines the concept of memory and conjectures what is real and what is fleeting. Salvo says, “How do we remember? What experiences get stored in memory? Over time, what happens to these fleeting images? And what do we carry when mediated experience constitutes memory?” He also speaks about gaps in memory, specifically national memory. The chapter explains how digitalized memorialization of the Holocaust narratives works to fill the gaps in memory because digital media allows the user to hear and see the emotional response from victims; it goes beyond just facts.


Michael J. Salvo is an assistant professor of English in professional and technical writing in the rhetoric and composition program at Purdue University. After completing his PhD at Texas Tech, he spent three years at Northeastern University before joining the rhetoric and composition program at Purdue. His research explores professional and technical writing and rhetoric, particularly ethical issues related to writing with digital technology in academic and nonacademic settings. He leads a group of usability researchers who test Purdue’s online writing lab (OWL). With Thomas Rickert, Salvo recently explored the contribution of sound to the making of new media worlds that people can inhabit.

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