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Geosynchronous spacecraft will be among civilization‘s most enduring remnants, quietly circling Earth until the Earth is no more.
I think mass surveillance is a bad idea because a surveillance society is one in which people understand that they are constantly monitored.
I think the automation of vision is a much bigger deal than the invention of perspective.
I am not a journalist or an academic.
What would the infrastructure of the Internet look like if mass surveillance wasn’t its business model?
I would say that the fundamental question of geography is about how humans shaped the Earth’s surface and how we, in turn, are shaped by the ways in which we have shaped the Earth’s surface. So, for me, geography was just a set of tools that allowed me to ask these kinds of questions and to try to think through them.
I always start with the assumption that everything that happens in the world is actually in the world. It sounds like an obvious thing to say, but it’s a very powerful methodological premise.
The dragon is a very consistent symbol of secret satellite iconography and signals intelligence satellites.
My dad was not one of these stereotypical military people – buzz-cut, rah-rah-rah.
I want to help develop a visual and cultural vocabulary around surveillance.
I think that one of the most important things that art can do is give you a reason to look at something, almost give you permission to look at something.
Nothing that you make in the world exists in isolation from the social and political and ecological dimensions of it.
When we look at something that is alien to us, that is beyond our comprehension, what do we see but ourselves?
The U.S. space program has mythologies attached to pioneering and conquering, but the Russian tradition is very different. In the Russian tradition, the ultimate goal of humanity was to resurrect all humans.
Engineers working in the ‘black world’ of classified military projects are often referred to in military circles as ‘black hats.’ There are a lot of jokes about the difference between ‘white hats’ and their spooky counterparts.
To me, traditional approaches to doing photography and thinking about photography feel increasingly anachronistic.
When people understand that they are constantly monitored, they are more conformist – they are less willing to take up controversial positions – and that kind of mass conformity is incompatible with democracy.
In religion, symbols have always played a iconographic and ritualistic role. Different symbols might represent different theological ideas.
I have to admit that I’m not very good with grammar. They taught grammar in elementary and high school, but I went to public schools, so I never really learned it.