Saturday, September 10, 2005

"Damn You C-SPAN; You Ruined Halftime"

Flipping channels at halftime while watching the Notre Dame/Michigan football game this weekend, I came across a program on C-SPAN2 with Harm de Blij speaking to the World Affairs Council about "Why Geography Matters." I've never met de Blij, but I think he's doing a good job trying to get geography as a discipline back on the map, per se. de Blij is reaching out to the 'general population' with his book and his speeches to help hit home why geography does matter, but by just talking about the discipline I think he has a long road ahead of him. If de Blij could just get in cahoots with Vinton Cerf, "Father of the Internet" now at Google, to really drive home the importance of why geography is important to Americans (or anyone else). As you probably have read, Cerf sounds excited about geospatial information. I think that interest could help de Blij get his point across, because the population (Google apps) need geographic information to make, run. Google is going to need a ton of geographers in the future to put things into context and show the relationships between people, places, and time. Or at least need geographers to help their users understand what the heck are the patterns or places. That was probably all wrong. Anyway, a better answer why the de Blij and Cerf need to meet up is because of something probably called the GeoWeb. With more and more people erroneously thinking that geography is all about maps and Google Earth these days, some serious outreach and educations is needed. Right, Jack?


Anonymous Nikolas ® Schiller said...

It's also important to remember that his books are promoted as required reading for AP Human Geography classes in high schools across America.

In my opinion, this is crucial because his work is some of the first geographic literature that American students receive and is, in fact, helping the discipline grow by ensuring that students are exposed to geography before they reach college.

9/11/2005 08:19:00 PM  

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