The Camera in the Mirror is a strangely fascinating Tumblr by Barcelona-based artist Mario Santamarí that pulls images from the Google Art Project, Google’s initiative to bring its street view technology into museums and cultural institutions. Every time the device rolls through a museum and hits a mirror, we get a glimpse of the making of these walk-throughs—accidental selfies, of sorts.

The result is strange and slightly unsettling, not only because of the presence of a modern, sleek machine in these grand rooms filled with historic art but also because the boxy camera seems human — like any other visitor posing in front of a mirror, poised to take a selfie.

“How thoroughly and how radically Google has already transformed the information economy has not been well understood. The merchandise of the information economy is not information; it is attention. These commodities have an inverse relationship. When information is cheap, attention becomes expensive. Attention is what we, the users, give to Google, and our attention is what Google sells—concentrated, focused, and crystallized. Google’s business is not search but advertising. More than 96 percent of its $29 billion in revenue last year came directly from advertising, and most of the rest came from advertising-related services. Google makes more from advertising than all the nation’s newspapers combined. Siva Vaidhyanathan, a media scholar at the University of Virginia, puts it this way: “We are not Google’s customers: we are its product. We—our fancies, fetishes, predilections, and preferences—are what Google sells to advertisers.””
This is a clever little feature from Bing Destination Maps: Napkin Sketching. In addition to the standard map view, users can also view their maps in a more artful way including “Sketchy,” “European,” and “Travel.” Major props to Bing for adding a nice human aesthetic especially when contrasted with Google’s engineer designed interfaces.

This is a clever little feature from Bing Destination Maps: Napkin Sketching. In addition to the standard map view, users can also view their maps in a more artful way including “Sketchy,” “European,” and “Travel.” Major props to Bing for adding a nice human aesthetic especially when contrasted with Google’s engineer designed interfaces.