Lost Boys, Regained Memory

Every so often current events bring you back to a different place and a different time.

Last week’s news about the death of Corey Haim was one such event. I hadn’t heard of the actor in a long time. But when I was exploring Huffington Post with a coworker trying to look for examples of RSS news feeds, we stumbled upon the breaking news. And something was unlocked, like memories of flicks from the 80s like Goonies and Ghost Busters. Completely strange since Haim had no role whatsoever in them.

But he certainly had a role in Lost Boys. And it was his bathroom singing scene that stuck.

This is a reminder of the power of the senses to unlock memory. And it begs the question: When will we see the brands that offer certain audio and visual experiences online come together to tap this reality of how our memories work?

Imagine a partnership between Flickr and iTunes that would enable you to run slideshows of your family vacation from two decades ago, accompanied by a soundtrack full of the tunes you remember hearing on that vacation.


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