When History Has No Address


Google Maps is both a blessing and a curse. The ease of ready-made directions, anywhere in the world, has been liberating—if not simply time-saving. But what are the drawbacks of GPS? Suffice it to say that our spatial and cognitive grasp of the physical world have been re-mapped according to a new digital logic. Has GPS, and the wider technological coterie of the Google-verse, made us dumber?

I’ll leave that one up to the neuroscientists. But it does beg the question: beyond analogue maps alone, how did rural Texans move through the […]

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