2013-10-01

Internet Atlases

Contrary to the popular believe, the internet is one of the inventions which is contributing more to the separation of the humanity. If it connects anything at all, this belongs to the realm of the ethereal, the privileged dimension of the spiritual capital. Not surprisingly it was originally a military technology. As on other occasionsmilitary industrial wastes shape our everyday life, from our world views to the latest gadgets. Moreover, internet is the latest version of the myth of Atlas, with the difference that now we are many small inter-dis-connected heroes contributing with our daily torture to bear a weightless world. In other words: the spirit of internet celebrates today a permanent sacrifice of our bodily lifes.

Image after Farnese Atlas (2nd cent. AD) [pd] and The Opte Project's internet map [cc-by-nc-sa].