(Ref. the IBM rain forest commercial where the guide goes on-line to get a map to locate the lost safari.) Through technology, the concept of the local site or real ground is changed. Digital technology is especially indifferent to location (electricity can be everywhere a battery can go!) The world in terms of technology is then more like a map than a real sphere. Perhaps it could even be called a graph where information such as GNP is more important than how many square miles of land a country or city has.
4.1 NO MORE LANDFORMS
Global economies and international exchange currencies have radically restructured our perception of the world. This, along with the constantly shifting borders of eastern Europe and some third world countries, has rendered land itself as perhaps merely a SYMBOLIC representation of power. The vast but non-resourceful territories of large continental countries like Australia's outback or Russia's Siberian ice desert serve little purpose other than to "just be there". Meanwhile, in the imploded physical worlds of Tokyo, New York, or London, digital territories are created and annexed every second in the production of information while the codifications of these new zones allow us to access, for our pleasure, the inexorable flow of capitalist progress.