Whole Earths, World Pictures

Near the beginning of class, we examined the juxtaposition of the Blue Marble with a digital model of the Earth. With everything we’ve learned, what happens now when we ask: Which of these images is a picture of the world we live in?

Ben suggested that the Blue Marble was a lie. Does the Google Earth reveal that lie? Sachs suggested that whole Earth enthusiasts of both capitalist and environmental stripes found that the Blue Marble embodied their world pictures. Market globalists see in it a barrier-free world ripe for exploitation, while environmentalists recognize their interconnected and finite cybernetic home. Google Earth reproduces both of these symbolic potentials. What, I wonder, did Ben mean?


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