BBC, YouTube (April 23, 2010)
"More on this programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00s2w83
"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)
- "Vespucci: Not Bad for a Son of a Notary"
(March 9, 2010)
- "Data-Driven Art: For an 'Overwhelmed' 'Hive Mind???' "
(January 27, 2010)
- "Photo Map: 99 Percent of Earth"
(July 1, 2009)
- "Map of Humanity: World of Concepts, People, and Imaginary Places as Geography"
(June 13, 2009)
- "Happy birthday, Giovanni Schiaparelli: Observer of Canali on Mars"
(March 14, 2009)
- "Maps: Lots of Little, Tiny, Maps"
(November 9, 2008)
- "Maps of Military Encounters from Ancient to Post-Roman times"
(August 26, 2008)
- "Historical Maps - No, Really - This is Cool"
(July 18, 2008)
A tip of the hat to timethief, on Twitter, for the heads-up on this video.