Google Travels to a Place in Your Memory

Insoo Hwang
April 6th 2013

The internet like a black hole that sucks up everything and metamorphoses landscapes, animals, and memories into pixels. Google recently created a map and street view of a small city in Japan, Namie, which is in the nuclear exclusion zone from the 2011 Tohuko Earthquake. Everyone, including the earthquake victims, can now travel to Namie, which remains only as a memory in the digital cloud. What determines our image of "nature" is not only National Geographic and BBC documentaries, but also Google street view.

Photos via the Atlantic 

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