Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mapping Community

Long Distance Map
Over at NPR is an interesting article looking at how we relate with each other. The idea is that new technologies enable us to image how we interact in ways that do not always correspond to political boundaries. We know that the nation-states that form the basis of our political boundaries were formed in a particular historical time and space, and maybe these new technologies will allow us to re-imagine ourselves and these boundaries. I have wondered for sometime if these political ideas have lost their currency. Wouldn't it be nice to see the political boundaries, the nation-states and all the baggage that they carry, replaced with something more pliable and that reflects how we live and interact. Maybe these new technologies can encourage us to jettison these 19th-century ideals for something more modern? 

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