Monday, January 26, 2009
Why that title for my blog
On July 20, 1969, the landing of the first manned spacecraft on the moon was broadcast on television. Rather than watch it with my family, I camped out with my friends Randy and Ronnie, hoping to see it with our binoculars. Thus we saw nothing of the event.
Many years later, I had become an active collector of found photographs, and discovered a small album of snapshots of a television screen taken as those historic images were beamed back to the eager audience. One of them had the caption, in primitive graphics, "Live From the Surface of the Moon." Somehow that seemed to capture my penchant for missing the real action, and considering it later through an artifact.
I subsequently found that many, many people were taking snapshots of the TV screen that night, and now I have a small collection of grainy, poorly focused, visible- scan-line images taken directly from TV sets in living rooms all over America.
I think there's some kind of analog with Plato's Cave there, but.....