It embodies so many of the qualities of the network. Sight at a distance, action at a distance, and it’s invisible. I started thinking about it as an emanation of the network itself—not just a surveillance platform, but a dark mirror.

James Bridle, cited by Andrew Blum, on the drone as a central metaphor for the new aesthetic, in The New Aesthetic: James Bridle’s Drones and Our Invisible, Networked World

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