By E. Glasberg
Arguing that Antarctica is the main mediated position on the earth and hence a great situation for trying out the bounds of bio-political administration of inhabitants and position, this ebook remaps nationwide and postcolonial equipment and gives a brand new glance on a 'forgotten' continent now the focal point of ecological quandary.
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For Fend, step one was the economic procurement of the digital data, the satellite images themselves, in the early 1980s. Fend produced a visualization of earth through procuring satellite imaging data through consumer agencies and distributing them though mass media circulation. Fend critiques Google Earth’s data collection and presentation as mere visualization, narcissism in pixels that obscure its politics: “Google Earth will not show you what’s happening in Iran or what’s happening in hot spots” (132).
But most significantly, as tourism and especially extreme adventuring rise in appeal, the heroic legacy that is both followed and examined by Le Guin has become not merely a backdrop but an unevenly reanimated set of acts, built environments, bodily performances, and narratives whose combined forces have interlarded and become one with the ice itself. Katha Pollitt in her To an Antarctic Traveler (1982) called Scott “that valentine thrown out,” teasing the postcolonial revisionism that had demoted Scott from Edwardian keeper of the flame of British empire to a figure of revilement and ridicule.
Antarctica and the South Pole developed as place-ideas that were influenced by their geophysical inaccessibility. Such connotations, however, have more to do with coincidence than any necessary properties of place. The deep sea and certain mountainous regions are equally or more remote from human habitations and even less suitable to extended inhabitation. The South Pole as the last place on earth has been invested with the aura of transcendence and promise of the completion of knowledge: Its attainment would close what had been up until that point an open system of global mapping.
Antarctica as Cultural Critique: The Gendered Politics of Scientific Exploration and Climate Change by E. Glasberg