Weekly Post: Soja, Paglen, Harpold

Weekly Post: Soja, Paglen, Harpold

1) Paglen’s work on blank spots reminds us that mapping and maps are not just about how particular places are represented but also about the places that are left unmarked or hidden.  He also emphasizes…

week 5: maps representation and power

week 5: maps representation and power

I’m interested in Paglen’s discussion on “missing space” as “secret space” (17). What intrigues me are the cultural/imperial aspects. In considering space as ‘owned’ and the mapping of that space written in a complex power

Maps, Representations, and Power

Maps, Representations, and Power

Space: Soja’s definition of space is of particular interest to me. He argues for understanding space as always being filled with politics and ideologies (19). This goes back to previous discussions about space not being…

I remained entirely confused by Harpold’s use of the “dark continent.” At times it would seem that he’s on board with what Soja is calling for: a spatial consciousness that takes into account that space…

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“What the hell is that?” “It’s where you’ve been living this whole time.”

Drawing from Soja’s discussion of spatiality: I’ve long been fascinated by the way websites, as spaces, shape conversation and change how users interpret co-participants’ motivations. As has long been noted, certain conversational…

Maps: academia,invisibility, secrecy…

Maps: academia,invisibility, secrecy…

1. Perhaps this might sound off, but I was thinking about the emphasis that Soja and Paglen put on the role of academia in the configuration of spatial justice and geographical design. In Soja’s article,…

Emptiness and Blank Spots

Emptiness and Blank Spots

1. Like Avery, this week’s readings got me thinking about the ways in which we map things that are not strictly geographical. I’m thinking specifically about the ways we do (or don’t) map digital spaces,…

Maps as Secret Keepers — Psych!

Maps as Secret Keepers — Psych!

Essentially what Soja is doing here is emphasizing the idea that bodies are both spatial and temporal – they do not exist separately or as one or the other. I can appreciate the text here…

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Maps for Text-Based Game Worlds (Zork)

For my graduate seminar, we have been exploring the connection between maps, embodiment, and the production of space. As an experiment in proprioception, we decided to get our bearings playing Zork. We played…

Weekly Post 5

Weekly Post 5

1: Soja begins by talking about, if not a dichotomy, a separation between spacial and temporal thinking. While I don’t mean to claim that Soja has declared these two necessarily exclusive, he does highlight that…

Google’s “Ground Truth”

Google’s “Ground Truth”

http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/09/how-google-builds-its-maps-and-what-it-means-for-the-future-of-everything/261913/

An article about the technology behind Google Maps, with a reference to UMD’s Nathan Jurgenson.

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Mapping and Embodying Space Across Borders

  1. How would one define digital borders (if one believes they exist at all)? Are border crossings online different from crossing physical ones? How? I’m particularly interested in these questing because of my own

Representing and Embodying Space, Place, and Identity

Representing and Embodying Space, Place, and Identity

Definitions:

Space: that which we create in and around us by virtue of our bodily presence, by virtue of our relationship with other bodies (including objects), and by virtue of practices of representation (digital or…

Space: This week I would like to add the aspect of stories of the past and present being tied t a certain space. This space is always changing based on the context.

Place: I would like to…

week 4: mapping and pervasive computing

week 4: mapping and pervasive computing

1) This thought has sort of been on my mind while reading Dr. Farman’s second chapter, and not really in one particular spot, but I wonder, if our concept of space is being consistently more