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By Lisa Parks

In 1957 Sputnik, the world’s first man-made satellite tv for pc, dazzled humans because it zipped round the planet. by means of the start of the twenty-first century, greater than 8 thousand satellites orbited the Earth, and satellite tv for pc practices reminiscent of dwell transmission, direct broadcasting, distant sensing, and astronomical statement had altered how we imagined ourselves on the subject of others and our planet in the cosmos. In Cultures in Orbit, Lisa Parks analyzes those satellite tv for pc practices and indicates how they've got affected meanings of “the international” and “the televisual.” Parks means that the convergence of broadcast, satellite tv for pc, and computing device applied sciences necessitates an multiplied definition of “television,” one who encompasses practices of army tracking and medical remark in addition to advertisement leisure and public broadcasting.

Roaming around the disciplines of media reviews, geography, and technological know-how and expertise reports, Parks examines makes use of of satellites via broadcasters, army officers, archaeologists, and astronomers. She appears at Our World, a reside intercontinental tv application that reached million audience in 1967, and Imparja television, an Aboriginal satellite tv for pc television community in Australia. Turning to satellites’ remote-sensing features, she explores the U.S. military’s construction of satellite tv for pc photos of the warfare in Bosnia in addition to archaeologists’ use of satellites within the excavation of Cleopatra’s palace in Alexandria, Egypt. Parks’s reflections on how Western fantasies of keep an eye on are implicated within the Hubble telescope’s perspectives of outer area aspect to a broader trouble: that whereas satellite tv for pc makes use of promise a “global village,” in addition they lower and divide the planet in ways in which expand the hegemony of the post-industrial West. In targeting such contradictions, Parks highlights how satellites go paths with cultural politics and social struggles.

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