More on Darfur

So to add on to our discussions on google earth/maps and Darfur I've got a link to an article about Google's attempt to publicize the genocide in Darfur by featuring images of destroyed villages and farms etc, Google in Darfur.

I know the first thing we think of when we talk about satellite imaging systems is that these things can be used for "EVIL". I'd still agree with that sentiment, however is it not good that the word on Darfur can be spread through powerful images?

Still, I don't think we can be too quick to say that Google knows what it's playing with.

Digital Activism: save darfur via computer game

One of the quotes by Gen. David Sarnoff that McLuhan presents (in "The Medium is the Message") is: "the products of modern science are not in themselves good or bad; it is the way they are used that determine their value." I really thought about this quote when I found Darfur is Dying, the game.

Now you can play a narrative-based simulation that reenacts the struggle of the people of Darfur as they forage for water, hide from the Janjaweed militia, and try to survive. Yes, you read that correctly. I was initially really confused by this seemingly sickening game.

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