[FoRK] Paper vs Digital maps -- tip of an iceberg?
sean at conman.org
Sun May 30 14:15:44 PDT 2010
It was thus said that the Great Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo once stated:
> This article raises both tactical and strategic questions.
> Small-picture: are GPS personal navigation devices really any better
> than paper maps or even directions provided by a human bean?
> Bigger-picture: does the existence of digital maps, GPS navigation
> devices, PC-based and cloud-based applications herald the end of paper
> maps as cartographers ramp up their digital products and damp down the
> availability of paper options?
Ah yes, tools vs. crutches I blogged *many* times on this topic in
November (and a few occasions afterwards):
So, is a paper map a crutch? You should know where you're going right?
Is a GPS unit a crutch? You don't even need to read a map.
> Even-bigger-picture: the whole question of digital *versus* analog ...
> is digital really better than analog in all things? ... in all ways?
> Are we losing something by immediately jettisoning analog as soon as a
> digital version becomes available? Should we be working harder on
> finding a balance (e.g. is there a useful balance? what is the balance
> in a particular area? etc?)?
I personally think this question, while I can see the relation to the
above, it actually another question entirely. And one I haven't given much
thought to, except in relation to the above question(s).
-spc (Or "pictures" if you will, in all it's 32bit full color 10Mpx
splendor ... )
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