Trevor Paglen, LACROSSE/ONYX V Radar Imaging Reconnaissance Satellite Crossing the Disk of the Moon (USA 182), Or as we like to call it, The Death Star, 35 X 35 inches, C-Print, 2007. Image via: Bellwether Gallery.
Has America’s desire for authentic expression even done away with scripted PR? If Twitter is any indication, the answer to this question is yes. Astronaut Michael Massimino became the first to tweet from space last week on the shuttle Atlantis. His first space shout out reads, “From orbit: Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working hard, & enjoying the magnificent views, the adventure of a lifetime has begun!” I suppose I was hoping for a “One small tweet for man; one giant leap for mankind” kind of twitterscape, but I guess I’ll take my multiple exclamation mark, amazing view commentary and be thankful for what I’ve got.