Deep Mapping: Space, Place, and Narrative as Urban Interface

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  • Maps are everywhere. They are the most significant contemporary mediator between people and the spaces we inhabit. Importantly though, they no longer get folded up and placed in glove boxes, waiting for the next road trip, nor are they consigned to those quaint old volumes called “atlases.” Now, the map is always with us-in our pocket, on our phone, on our dashboards; it checks us in on FourSquare, shows us the nearest Starbucks, and gives us turn-by-turn directions to our destination. Indeed, the map has become so ubiquitous as to become invisible. It is not solely a representational object but rather an embedded technology-a true medium and extension of ourselves into space. This embeddedness marks the map’s final transition to indexicality - that is, the map makes a truth claim about what is “there,” and it tells us “you are here.” Like a technological begging of the question, it transparently reflects that which it also represents.

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    Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
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    The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities. Ed. Jentery Sayers. Routledge 2018.