Thursday, May 13, 2010

NY Times Unveils 'Moment in Time'

At long last, the New York Times presents its interactive "Moment in Time," the ultimate "citizen photographer" project.

Readers of its Lens blog were invited to submit photos taken at precisely 15:00 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), Sunday, May 2, 2010. The thousands of submissions were diligently sorted, categorized, and affixed to a virtual globe, where, after many delays, they can now be viewed in all their universal glory.

It's clearly more a stunt than a work of art -- or journalism, for that matter -- but the bottom line is that the project was undertaken with diligence and sincerity, and the Times even went out of its way to own up to the process' inevitable shortcomings. (In fact, they're still working out a few bugs.) More importantly, it's fun to click through and look at. And be forewarned, that all those "moments" can add up to hours of viewing.

Read all about it here.

See it here.

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