Whilst we circulate the collected combined 4 symbol image, I thought I would do a little more research on targets in relation to our earlier conversations about the idea of sending a signal, I thought to look at analogue devices which in the past have achieved the opposite of capturing the sky with targets.
Étienne-Jules Marey, French scientist, inventor and pioneer of early cinema invented the photographic gun for the study of movement by capturing birds onto film.
I presume that this was the inspiration for the training camera guns of the first and second world wars, where 16mm film replaced ammunition.
Following this research online lead me to the philosopher Paul Virillo who wrote War and Cinema.
Technology cannot exist without the potential for accidents. For example, the invention of the locomotive also contained the invention of derailment. Virilio sees the Accident as a rather negative growth of social positivism and scientific progress. The growth of technology, namely television, separates us directly from the events of real space and real time. We lose wisdom, lose sight of our immediate horizon and resort to the indirect horizon of our dissimulated environment.
REF: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Virilio – on 4/11/2012
On other readings and reviews of his books, I became interested in how he sees the dissimulated environment or mis-information as being one of the greatest threats to scientific growth.