Saturday, May 1, 2010

BBC 'Map' Video: Digital Worlds

"The Digital Worlds - The Beauty of Maps - BBC Four"
BBC, YouTube (April 23, 2010)
video, 2:38

"More on this programme:

"This film looks at the way cartography has changed and entered an age of digital map-making.

"Denis Lawson explains how digital mapping is shaping the future, letting us see into virtual spaces and into the infinite unknowns of outer-space.

"Each image is a breath-taking first look at the world today, showing the extent of human endeavour in the most beautiful ways possible."

There's a bit of the familiar old "once it was believed, now we know" attitude in the video's introduction - but there was an enormous increase in how much data we have, and the power of our tools to analyze the data, in the 20th century.

A nitpicking detail: The "dark side of the moon" isn't any darker than the side that faces us. It goes through the same day-night cycle. What's "dark" about it is that it was, until we started sending ships out there, unknown territory. So, as a metaphor, I suppose "dark" is okay.

The video has remarkable graphics, presents a lot of information (and a perceptible attitude) quickly - without seeming rushed. In my opinion.

If some of the graphics look familiar, you've probably checked out "Data Driven Art..." (January 27, 2010)

Related posts:Or, click "Maps" on this blog's Label Cloud.
A tip of the hat to timethief, on Twitter, for the heads-up on this video.

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