Google Earth: Outreach and Activism (Paperback)

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In order to be able to communicate and engage with each other via new communicative spaces such as Google Earth, we need to understand as much as possible about how they work as cultural texts: how and why we make them and how we respond to them.

Launched in 2005, Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program, mapping the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery and aerial photography. By addressing the sociopolitical issues at stake in society's use of social websites, the author provides the first ever extended close reading of Google Earth as a powerful player in the communication realm of social media.

By grounding the context of its military pre-history, its construction, its links to other similar world-making sites such as Google Maps and how it is perceived critically by social scientists, it is imperative to understand how social networking and information sites work in socio and geo-political contexts if society is to use these sites effectively and for the public good.

About the Author


Catherine Summerhayes is Adjunct Fellow in the School of Literature Languages and Linguistics, at the Australian National University, Australia. Her major research areas are in documentary film studies, new media theory and performance studies.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501320026
ISBN-10: 1501320025
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: August 25th, 2016
Pages: 208
Language: English