In A New American Picture, Doug Rickard, founder and editor of American Suburb X and These Americans, uses Google Street View to portray life in the United States from the vantage point of the Internet search giant’s omnipresent eyes. Collected in book form, A New American Picture further explores the murky territory charted by Jon Rafman’s 9 Eyes project. As Google continues its mission “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” as Rafman points out in this essay, the increasingly invasive nature of such a mandate elevates our collective voyeurism. Rickard’s curation of photographs pulled from Street View brings inner city reality to those unfamiliar with life outside the security of middle class America.
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