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"And the stars are projectors, yeah, projecting our lives down to this planet Earth." - Modest Mouse


1.17.2004

You Are Being Watched 

Maps of NY Surveillance Cams

According to New Yorker Bill Brow's cartography of his city, there are currently around 7200 cameras installed watching and recording the public. Not all of them are civic, mind you (though many are), many are commercial (like webcams) or private security cams for local companies. Regardless, it remains a curious phenomenon that increasingly more and more of our lives are being recorded and documented, cataloged and stored. Perhaps it's the drive to chronicle our existence - immortality through simulacrum - or simply the logical outcome of a hypermedia hivemind. Systems and simulacrums, real and replayed, our lives chopped up and diced in media collages, remixed and remastered to keep it fresh and shiny.

"I was lookin back at you and you were lookin back at me to see me lookin back at you."


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