As part of our christmas task we have been asked to research two objects and then come up with two critical questions thats address the themes or issues raised in my research. My first object is an article

Jon Rafman – ‘The Nine Eyes of Google Street View’. Essay on ‘Art Fag City’

After reading this short essay it made me ask myself an important question…

Do google have the right to invade people personal space, even if it is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”?

As you can see in some of the images in the article many issues can be seen to be raised, should we really publicise an image like this for the whole world to see?

Art Fag City, Jon Rafman, Google Street View

Main Street, Rapid City, South Dakota

I’m also sure these two women would have chosen to not to be shown to the whole world on google street view.

Art Fag City, Jon Rafman, Google Street View
Via Valassa, Rho, Lombardy, Italy

In this article there is one part which reads “In theory, we are all equally subject to being photographed, but the Street View collections often reveal it is the poor and the marginalized who fall within the purview of the Google camera gaze.” This is true but in most of the images that came up in the article showed issues and people who seemed helpless and maybe unwilling to be photographed but didn’t really have a choice but to be captures by one of the nine cameras and then published to the world.


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