Sunday, February 17, 2013
A Most Amazing Thing To See
This collected footage from the recent Russian Meteor Event seems like a Hollywood movie. More than 1000 people were injured, mostly from glass breaking due to the largest meteor blast since 1908. Otherwise, it seems surreal to me and reminds me of Jean Baudrillard's idea of Simulacra. Life imitating film imitating life. The meteor was so perfectly framed in the automobile windshields that it all looks rehearsed. Nothing could be farther from the truth, however. It turns out odds were good that some Russian would capture the event due to the fact that dashboard video cameras are commonly deployed and used by Russian drivers. A worthy topic for this blog's first embedded video. The House Space, Science, and Technology Committee plans a hearing on the matter.