5.11. Mapping the Digital Empire: Google Earth and the Process of Postmodern Cartography

  1. Martin Dodge1,
  2. Rob Kitchin2 and
  3. Chris Perkins1
  1. Jason Farman

Published Online: 24 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470979587.ch60

The Map Reader: Theories of Mapping Practice and Cartographic Representation

The Map Reader: Theories of Mapping Practice and Cartographic Representation

How to Cite

Farman, J. (2011) Mapping the Digital Empire: Google Earth and the Process of Postmodern Cartography, in The Map Reader: Theories of Mapping Practice and Cartographic Representation (eds M. Dodge, R. Kitchin and C. Perkins), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470979587.ch60

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Department of Geography, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK

  2. 2

    National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis and Department of Geography, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470742839

Online ISBN: 9780470979587

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Keywords:

  • mapping the digital empire, Google Earth - process of postmodern cartography;
  • Google Earth, a new form of map experience;
  • Google Earth, engaging users - not as disembodied voyeurs;
  • Google Earth technologies, avoiding critique - using satellite and aerial photography;
  • Google Earth program, interactive nature - offered with social network, ‘Google Earth Community’;
  • overlays function - a way for users to augment the map;
  • social network, interacting and altering maps - within Google Earth, solving fundamental problems;
  • Google Earth community's utilisation of user generated content;
  • user-generated content - disseminated in Google Earth by social network;
  • problematic issues with Google Earth - tying into political issues, with map projection used

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Editors' overview

  • Introduction

  • Digital mapping and Google Earth

  • Critiques of geographic information systems

  • The digital empire

  • The social network intervenes

  • The problems of interactivity and agency

  • References

  • Further reading

  • See also