Saturday, March 29, 2008

Peeping on the Globe

David Troy created a globe that pops up photos from the photographer's location at flickrvision, using Poly9 FreeEarth and Flickr. I'd call the site a mashup, but apparently, he'd punch me in the face for using that term, which to him is so over. I'm sure this site has been around for a while, but I just found it, and it's hypnotic. I know it doesn't include everyone in the world, just those who have internet access, but I still think it's a testament to our connectedness.

These Flickr users have no expectations of privacy, but I feel voyeuristic watching it. The photos are mundane and beautiful, a neverending Day in the Life and a glimpse into what's important in the lives of others: children, vacations, pets, friends, their natural surroundings. Watching flickrvision, I'm like an alien in orbit, monitoring the activities of the earthlings below, wondering if they are a species worthy of survival. I think so.

Doubt I'd have the same opinion monitoring YouTube--that would bring on total annihilation!

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