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Dead medium: the Pigeon Post
From: bruces@well.com Bruce Sterling

Source(s): Diorama in the top of the Eiffel Tower, Paris

(((bruces remarks: I discovered a charming exemplar of dead media on the top floor of the Eiffel Tower. This small glassed-in diorama is an infotainment tourist attraction. It contains a miniature group of period-clad French enthusiasts, two-dimensional colored cut-outs with beards, slouch hats, cloth coats and large wicker baskets. They are releasing their homing pigeons from the top of Eiffel's creation, with the following legend.)))

"La Socie'te' Colombophile de Paris utilise au mois d'aou^t 1891 La 3e plateforme de la tour Eiffel pour y faire des expe'riences de communication ae'rienne par pigeons voyageurs."

Bruce Sterling (bruces@well.com)