Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Placing The Geography Back In Geographic

I was at a meeting today with some colleages who, finally, were not obcessed with technology when discussing geography. It was rather refreshing to touch on african migration into Europe, political geography, and culture. Almost national geographic. Ahh. I think with user applications moving into the mainstream I think there has become a disconnect from the geography discipline where even though there is geoinformatics behind apps the user really doesn't care about what it took to bring that "killa app" online. Plus, what even more disturbing is that some geographers have slipped into a state of denial. "Oh, even though Google isn't geography, it has brought up awareness of geography." Yeah; at what price? It's too early to tell. All I can say is that there needs to be some time for reflection about what is happening to the discipline before the word geographer becomes similiar to the phrase, "dropout communications major who isn't really an IT guy or librarian."

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