Two screenshots from my phone depicting the grid underneath the Google Map graphics which are tiled to create the map interface. Clearly, the “virtual GPS” technology on my first-generation iPhone has often been helpful in finding my way. But what happens when it fails and you are literally lost in space? The social landscape, politics, climate, language(s), culture are what we analyze to understand “where” we are. Without these points of reference how can we create an idea of place? In this case, the simple query, “Tallahassee,” can be enough for any individual slightly immersed in Southern culture to create a perception of this place.
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