I have long been interested in the relationship between the natural and the virtual. In recent
years, the Kid’s Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary has removed words relating to nature and replaced them with technology-related terms, deeming these to be more ‘relevant .’ What does this mean as we increasingly split our time between online and outside? What happens when a natural and virtual landscape share the same term, such as with “Amazon/.com?” The Amazon
is a natural landscape that is dense, abundant, and ripe for exploration; its virtual analog,
Amazon.com, is also dense, abundant and ripe for exploration. While the Amazon is nurturing,
life-giving, and threatened, Amazon.com exploits, denies life, and threatens. The internet and the
natural world are not equivalent; each has a distinct affect and offers a distinct experience.
However, each also allows us to explore, discover, and get lost.