radical geography. part one: introduction. the geography is dead school of thought. Have globalization and modern technology have rendered distance and place irrelevant, or at least less relevant than before?
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part one: introduction
Have globalization and modern technology have rendered distance and place irrelevant, or at least less relevant than before?
Facebook * distance learning * telecommuting * global shopping mall culture = liberation from geography, borders, the physical world?
To summarize: the ecocrises (ecological & economic) making themselves apparent in this century can be viewed through a spatial lens. They have been caused in part by poor relationships to space, and they can be solved by reorganizing how we use space and reconnecting to space.
Radical geography strives to perceive the problems with the way we use space and considers active ways to solve these problems.
this map was created by fivethirtyeight.com in response to the idea that global warming would only lessen global GDP by 5% * it shows a world with the countries which consume 5% of the GDP erased
In the U.S., we no longer experience the world on the scale of a pedestrian (relative to our ancestors, anyway). As Rebecca Solnit writes in Wanderlust: A History of Walking:
“The body is nothing more than a parcel in transit, a chess piece dropped on another square; it does not move but is moved.”
The way we experience space and place is changing, due to …
What are the implications of this?
"Transported every which way from childhood through adolescence, young people lose their independence. They fail to expand their horizons, to see new surroundings, or to acquire independence and liberty on their own. The outside world dominated by the road bores, and television or computer games beckon. A study comparing ten-year-olds in a small, walkable Vermont town and youngsters in a new Orange County suburb showed a marked difference. The Vermont children had three times the mobility, i.e., the distance and places they could get to on their own, while those in Orange County watched four times as much television." — Jane Holtz Kay, Asphalt Nation
These changes aren’t always disastrous, though – the new technology of the bicycle helped women become more mobile