Mental maps, however cognitively housed, are socially constructed. They are a particular form of ‘imagined geography’ that illustrate the complex relationships between the social and the spatial … Mapping, then, in all of its overlapping forms, contributes to geographic rhetorics by insisting upon the real and imagined production of space and more complex ways of representing places and spaces.
Nedra Reynolds, Geographies of Writing
Map your use of the Internet
I asked friends and family to map their use of the Internet. Why would anyone want to map the Internet? As Nedra Reynolds states, “mapping is an important spatial practice that illustrates the link between geography and culture…” which implies that the maps presented here have been influenced by the mapper’s culture.
We are going to analyze these images to see what Reynolds is talking about here. Since the Internet doesn’t have a geological setting, what are these maps going to look like? The form and shape they take will tell us a lot about the creator and how they see the world.
Using Sean Hall’s book This Means This; This Means That: A User’s Guide to Semiotics to help analyze the images, we will discover what these maps mean and present, more than the prompt asked for: Map your use of the Internet.
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