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    The myth of the Digital Earth between fragmentation and wholeness

    Ballatore, Andrea (2014) The myth of the Digital Earth between fragmentation and wholeness. Wi: Journal of Mobile Media 8 (2), pp. 1-20. ISSN 1918-2104.

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    Abstract

    Daring predictions of the proximate future can establish shared discursive frameworks, mobilize capital, and steer complex processes. Among the prophetic visions that encouraged and accompanied the development of new communication technologies was the “Digital Earth,” described in a 1998 speech by Al Gore as a high-resolution representation of the planet to share and analyze detailed information about its state. This article traces a genealogy of the Digital Earth as a techno-scientific myth, locating it in a constellation of media futures, arguing that a common subtext of these envisionments consists of a dream of wholeness, an afflatus to overcome perceived fragmentation among humans, and between humans and the Earth.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Andrea Ballatore
    Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2016 11:00
    Last Modified: 10 Aug 2019 06:24
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/14855

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