Slideshows, otherwise known as “magic lantern shows” in the 1800s, were a great way of communicating what the rest of the world looks like to an audience stuck in one place. Travel is broadening, they say, and even looking at a set of themed slides of images (as opposed to text) is a great way of communicating.
Somehow this slideshow of mine over at Slideshare.net racked up over 2000 views without my noticing it. It’s one of those things that turns out to be useful to a lot of people — far more than any philosophizing I’ve done here. Maybe we should be doing more to create categories, and categorizing images, so that these information sets can be shown in schools, rather than just lecturing at our kids.