From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
A memory hole is any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records, such as from a web site or other archive, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened. The concept was first popularized by George Orwell's dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
- Ash heap of history
- Social control
- Spiral of silence
- The Memory Hole, a website whose goal is to preserve documents which are in danger of being lost.