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by Patrick James

March 26, 2008


So, this image has been making its way around the old internet today. What looks to be a cash transaction was captured by those accidentally voyeuristic cartographers over at Google Maps. Now, there's nothing inherently wrong with exchanging cash for goods, services, or what have you, but everyone's first reaction to this picture seems to be: "Oh man, Google caught someone red handed!"

So we ponder: Is that sort of response warranted? Can you really interpret (judge) an image when it's divorced from context? Or is it naive to view this transaction as anything other than nefarious?

O! Modernity, you are a cold Panopticon of moral ambivalence.

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