Cosma / Communication / Knowledge / Realm (Zoom!)

Rebecca tells her brother a funny story about a letter Jane Crofut received from a minister.

It was addressed:

Jane Crofut; The Crofut Farm; Grover’s Corners; Sutton County; New Hampshire; United States of America; North America; Western Hemisphere; the Earth; the Solar System; the Universe; the Mind of God. –Thornton Wilder, Our Town (1938)

If you’ve ever seen it, then this scene from Our Town probably sticks with you. It is probably so powerful because it expresses something that is core to the human imagination, and that is why “media makers” have found a way to represent some version of it in pretty much every medium possible.

Of course, there’s that humorous and memorable Animaniacs’ Yakko’s Universe Song that captures the gist. It is intended for children, but is still fun to watch at any age.

There was also the Kees Boeke essay written in the 1950’s entitled Cosmic View (Wikipedia) that inspired National Film Board of Canada’s 1968 film Cosmic Zoom (Wikipedia) as well as IBM’s 1977 film Powers of Ten (Wikipedia).

Here’s a YouTube from around 10 years ago that goes so far as to add the actual numeric scale to some very similar footage.

Finally, a similar theme was expressed in a more serious tone and with a more profound message in Carl Sagan’s iconic introduction to his Cosmos: A Personal Voyage book and series back in the 1980s.

Later on there was this approach to the idea that is particularly entertaining.

It was only a matter of time before an implementation in 360°/3D/VR media come along, and it arrived in the form of this interactive 360° Video entitled Neos: The Universe narrated tour.