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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Google Goggles: The End of Wonder?

It is fitting to end a tumultuous year with the announcement of what seems like the most disquieting invention of them all–at least in the image world. Google’s Goggles is a system whereby one points the cellphone camera at buildings, books, bridges, paintings and the like, and within seconds information appears indicating what you are [...]

The Living Book, “Recycling Its Soul”

At long last the book has left the shelf, hit the streets, and keeps on evolving using an ingenious barcode/twitter/cellphone set of strategies. Brazil’s editoras online bookstore put barcodes in the street so that people could, via their mobile phones, be presented with a phrase of love, or of hate, from twitter. Then a 200-page [...]

Image Wars

In these transitional moments when the idea of photos being faked becomes commonplace, it is interesting to watch the trajectory in contemporary Iran. The birthplace of citizen photojournalism as a mass, political movement, Iran now is the setting for various battles over image fakery, indicating the residual power of photographs and video to sting its [...]


Probably at no other time in media history has there been so much tumult mixed with desperation and zeal anticipating the era to come. As has been amply pointed out, Apple’s iTablet (or whatever it will be called) is seen as the platform that will meld media on a well-designed all-purpose platform and usher in [...]