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Women are charged with memory. Men were taking the photos, but who was guarding that memory? That was women, she adds. That was part of the caretaking role. This is true of many of today s digital sharing tools: About 80 percent of the users of Pinterest are women. Today, scrapbooking is transforming. Paper scrapbooking surged in the 1990s, propelled by a growing interest in genealogy, and companies like Creative Memories (now renamed Ahni & Zoe), which, like Mark Twain a century earlier, adroitly produced a line of easy-to-use supplies. But many hobbyists say the pastime is becoming digital, and the rise of online tools like Pinterest are shrinking the urge to save physical scraps. Academics like Helfand aren t so sure. Actually touching records of clipped, physical stuff is still
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emotionally intense, she says, and hard to capture with virtual bits. Facebook just doesn t have that power, she says. Indeed, when a really earthshaking event happens, people still turn to very old-fashioned media like the newspaper. The day that Barack Obama won the presidency, the New York Times printed extra copies, but even those quickly sold out. They couldn t keep up with demand. People wanted the paper, Garvey says. In a digital age, sometimes we still want to hold the scraps of history in our hands.
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