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I don't have time to expound on the implications of this as I would like to just now, but I heard on NPR's The World earlier today about a new addition to Google Earth: high-resolution images of burned villages and refugee camps in Darfur. Those involved hope that the imagery will function as a call to action to stop the genocide. Another fascinating use of photos as unquestionable "evidence," of the surveilling power of photographs, and of the (hoped-for) power of photos to make events more real and immediate.

http://www.ogleearth.com/2006/10/darfur.html
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N10439052.htm
http://www.ushmm.org/googleearth/

Selected quotes:

It's hard to picture a genocide ... Officials at Google and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum hope that visualizing events in Darfur in specific detail will move people to act. ... We want ... perpetrators to understand that they are being watched. ... Knowing about a genocide has not been enough in the past to stop it. The question is whether seeing it -- especially in this large-scale, high-tech way -- will help make the difference.


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Originally uploaded by morganya.
Since I probably won't get around to writing any posts about our recent trip to Cape Town, I'll just point you all at the photos I've uploaded. (I did tag them all, so you can infer some of the story from the tags.) Enjoy, and feel free to add comments or questions!
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Nancy at the Ahwahnee webcam

I got a call from my Berkeley advisor this afternoon. She was in front of one of the Yosemite webcams and wanted me to take a screenshot! She's in the bottom of the frame, waving.

Originally uploaded by morganya.

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Couldn't have said it better myself.





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One of my interviewers at AT&T gave me this when she heard about my research. This use would be in the "testing the technology" category, I guess? :~)
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Seen at Albertson's yesterday:


THE SURVEY IS FAST, ESPECIALLY IF YOUR [sic] A ... HIGHLY SATISFIED CUSTOMER!! SCORE ALL 5's AND THE SURVEY WILL ONLY TAKE A FEW MINUTES!!

The boxes in the stars say something like "just fill in 5 unless you're not highly satisfied."

ahem

Aug. 25th, 2003 11:23 pm
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Ah yes, another glorious time-sink, this blogging stuff ...
Hello world!

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