The picture above shows two different representations of exactly the same place. I often wonder what the effects of our widespread and unquestioning adoption of smartphone/GPS technology will have on our spatial reasoning and sense of place. I’ve had friends who have followed GPS directions for hours in the wrong direction, which I found… startling. There’s published research on the topic, as well.
That got me thinking about contemporary cartography in general, especially the ‘google maps’ variety. We know that maps show the details their cartographers approve of, which can have profound consequences on our interpretation of ‘place’. This article on map propaganda shows how extreme the bias can be:
Interestingly, few would call google maps a propaganda tool - but should they?
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