on google, the map is the territory

Map-territory relations can be complicated.  But on google, pace Korzybski, the map might be the territory.  Or something like that.  Or perhaps the google camera even performs reality, you know, like an engine (did the google camera kill the deer?).  Tough to observe without affecting.

The Paris Review Daily has a post on the google camera and the grand map.  Here are some google street view shots captured by Jon Rafman.

Written by teppo

October 7, 2011 at 4:47 am

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  1. I saw an exhibit of Rafman’s work in Chicago last year. Very strong. Definitely one of my favorite young artists.



    October 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm

  2. […] A nice feature on digital artist Jon Rafman, who Teppo mentioned. […]


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