Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Thu Dec 2 11:12:33 UTC 2010

The OED defines -scape as "Forming nouns denoting a view, picture, or
(literal or figurative) landscape of a type specified by the first
element, as city-scape n., mindscape n., moonscape n., etc."

An interesting one I heard yesterday on the Jon Stewart show was
"datascape," when Aasif Mandvi said, "A glorious utopian datascape in
which everyone has the right to know everything about everyone." See
6:00-6:03 minutes into this clip:

Datascape is not new but Mandvi seems to be using it to mean all the
information that's out there on the, er, internets (and more private
places, if you listen to the next sentence).


Paul Frank
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