[FoRK] Paper vs Digital maps -- tip of an iceberg?
marty at halvorson.us
Sun May 30 14:59:26 PDT 2010
On Sun, May 30, 2010 at 7:04 PM, Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo wrote:
" 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?"
I make good use of digital mapping. But only sitting at home when I
want to discover the topology, roads, and any other features of
interest. Just last night, I used Google satellite and Street Atlas USA
to make 2 paper maps so someone could find a person of interest.
" 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?)?"
Digital is not always better. It is however a lot more convenient than
the analog equivalent. And I suspect that's the reason for everything
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