The care for earth as our only habitat, source of food and storage for waste did get our attention over the last years. And as with every major cultural or political movement it had effect on visual culture as well. We look at the earth as a magic, fragile object. And when it comes to global warming we face universal problems.
Todays most widespread and popular outlet of visual culture is the user interface. I’m not a cultural expert, but I do think it’s rather funny we see representations of the earth and galaxy returning in todays most popular interfaces. Those images are carefully selected and could as well been renderings of little fish or exotic plants.
Below are popular interface examples. New media is making the world a smaller place ;)
- The music-player in the Sony Playstation 3 shows moving images of the earth (video)
- The new background-set in Apple Mac OSX Leopard has Earth images
- And Earth is the Apple iPhone default screen
- Google Earth turned around 180 degrees and now looks up the sky
Do you know other examples? Please share.