The New York Times just had an interesting on new ways in which maps are being used on cell phones and their implications. It is another technology driven culture change that certainly influences how people can and do collaborate Air Jordan 11. Ironically, because it enables one to locate another person easily, or even automatically, it can actually increase personal contact. Map thinking can also help people think “bigger” , ie, big picture thinking, since the map metaphor helps put many different factors into context. I’ve met teachers who use the map metaphor as a way of getting students to better understand problems or concepts.
Some years ago I spent time with a researcher at the Stanford Research Institute whose project was to develop more map mechanisms for teaching. Part of the inspiration for that project was the 1977 Powers of Ten” film by Charles and Ray Eames. . This seminal film zoomed in, than out from one spot on earth to show how scale is so important in an image or a map. All of these efforts are designed to help students think “in context” and understand scale. Many organizations are very concerned about the loss of privacy with tools like these, but they can also help people collaborate and be more productive. With better map metaphor thinking they may be better problem solvers as well. In this time of polarizing media and politics, along with oversimplification and single thread reasoning, perhaps a new map metaphor cell phone might help our culture get back on track nike air max 1995.
What’s your view?