The Black Mirror

The computer could be described as a ‘Black Mirror’.

The black mirror is a device apparently used by sorcerers and made famous by the witch in Snow White when she chants ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?’ When the witch was asking her question of her (black) mirror she was ‘scrying’:

Scrying (also called seeing or peeping) is a magic practice that involves seeing things psychically in a medium, usually for purposes of obtaining spiritual visions and less often for purposes of divination or fortune-telling. The most common media used are reflective, translucent, or luminescent substances such as crystals, stones, glass, mirrors, water, fire, or smoke. Scrying has been used in many cultures as a means of divining the past, present, or future. Depending on the culture and practice, the visions that come when one stares into the media are thought to come from God, spirits, the psychic mind, the devil, or the subconscious.


In the case of the computer maybe we are scrying when we use Google?

The Black Mirror by Failed Inventor
The Black Mirror (above) by Failed Inventor - This photo was taken in Second Life in August but I am sad to say the mysterious space known as 'E.O.C. - Eye of Calm' has evaporated. As Failed Inventor himself wrote about the passing of his exhibit: "Once a surrealistic immersion into the serene eye of a hurricane.Now but a breeze on the ocean..."

One thought on “The Black Mirror

  1. I appreciate your article written about my piece that was done in the early days of release of mesh. Right now I only really log into second life for occasional contract work or to check up on customer orders.

    My current work is focusing on the unity 3d platforms and professional mobile apps and online gaming as well as real world product design.

    More information as well as my full product line is available here @ the company website:


    Cody Rauh, (Failed Inventor)

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