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In an age of instantaneity and globalization, groups of people separated by thousands of miles can now bridge the geospatial gap and connect through virtual/cyberspatial interfacing. This is what Gregory terms time-space compression – the phenomenon whereby physical and temporal distances are reconciled through digital means. In the case of military drones, “the death of distance enables death from a distance” (Gregory, 192). Yet when taken out of the military context and applied to social aspects of networking and cyberspatial platforms, do these imperialist projections of power without vulnerability open opportunities for further abuses of power and surveillance?

Now more than ever, contemporary society relies on mobile devices to communicate. Instantaneous transactions of digitized sound bytes and word documents make possible a new and unparalleled degree of global intimacy. Indeed, these interactions simply Gregory’s time-space compression applied in a social context.

There is something to be said about distance. For Gregory, distance leads to re-enchantment. For the military personnel unaccustomed to virtual drone warfare, distance leads to an uncanny intimacy with the target. From hypervisibility to hyperspacial relations, modern social interactions can be now viewed as non-reliant upon geographical restrictions. Has this changed the fundamental intricacies of human-human interaction? The effortlessness of time-space compression has led to a new realm of communication possibilities, yet how far will we allow these techno-cultural progressions to develop until hypervisibility becomes omnipotent?