Two pretty provocative takes on the meaning of maps, here. And neither has a thing to do with redistricting.
» Slate: My Map or Yours? (Evgeny Morozov)
» David Banks: Google Maps Can’t Kill Public Space (A Belated Reply to Evgeny Morozov)
These both seem to be written before news of Google’s near-acquisition of Waze, a more social-sharing and collecting map with a sizable fan-base outside of America. I’m not sure what, if anything, should be expected of the new purchase by my favorite map-makers, but it definitely lends itself to the desire to create increasingly more customizable map solutions.
There are some contributions to Morozov’s skepticism of internet evangelism that I admire and share. But like many of the devilish details, I do think he gets it wrong here. Still, fascinating reading on both sides.