Ned Olmsted: Maps and a Sense of Wonder in the Digital Age – April 2013

The Landmark College Academic Speaker Series enhances and promotes the College’s intellectual environment and facilitates discussion of important issues for the community.

As our culture moves away from more traditional map reading (and map making) skills, and we grow increasingly dependent upon digital-based networks of navigation – in contrast to finding our way by information obtained through close observation and actual, studied experience – we may be losing our capacity for profound wonderment when encountering real landscapes, new or familiar, and are in danger of reducing discovery to merely expedient and arbitrary virtual procedures. If this phenomenon indeed is true, should we be concerned?