The medium is the message

GPS goes beyond that annoying voice in your car telling you to make a U-turn.

Who would have thought that a tool to find things developed by the U.S. military in the 1970s would eventually develop into a tool for creating art? Travelling while continuously tracking your place on the planet has inspired people, like UK and Athens-based Jeremy Wood, to turn the surface of the earth into a vast canvas, whether it’s using the overlapping loop of a lawn mower on a golf course or an international flight path. We clever humans will use any tool at our disposal to make beautiful and revealing images. The message is that McLuhan was right: It’s the medium that says the most about us.

This week’s Frandoms are by John Collins at McMillan.