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10 APRIL 2005

The index becomes more important than the territory it maps

"Jorge Luis Borges's story about a map which was equal in size to the territory it represented became re–written as the story about indexes and the data they index. But now the map has become larger than the territory. Sometimes, much larger. Porno Web sites exposed the logic of the Web to its extreme by constantly re–using the same photographs from other porno Web sites. Only rare sites featured the original content. On any given date, the same few dozen images would appear on thousands of sites. Thus, the same data would give rise to more indexes than the number of data elements themselves."

(Lev Manovich 2000, p.225)

Manovich, Lev (2001). Chapter 5: The Forms. "The Language of the New Media", MIT Press.

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