I’ve just given a talk on air and territory to a group of Durham geography students, so finding this Antipode intervention today feels especially appropriate! Especially like the gestures upwards.
MINUTES OF THE SOCIETY FOR ONTOFABULATORY RESEARCH
EXCERPT FROM MEETING TO DISCUSS REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE FOR AERONAUTICAL PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY
1.1 It is now almost a year since the RAF’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft Squadron first began operating a fleet of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, located in Afghanistan, from their base in the Lincolnshire village of Waddington. Since the earliest experiments with ballooning, Lincolnshire has been an ‘airminded’ county, a phenomenon initially expressed through belief in the socially transformative potential of flight, but one that is expressed today in a celebration of the colonial, defensive, and administrative authority of air power, made explicit in efforts to brand Lincolnshire as ‘Bomber County’. As home to the drone pilot, whose job it is to manage information presented on a multiplicity of screens (charts, patterns, and other streams of data), the county is also a laboratory for…
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