The Association of American Geographers 95thAnnual Meeting,23-27thMarch 1999, Honolulu, HawaiiMapping the Network SocietyMartin Dodge*& Rob Kitchin#AbstractThis paper critically examines the maps being produced to represent andpromote the so called network society. Drawing on the deconstructionistsapproach pioneered by Brian Harley, we attempt to read and expose the“second text” of the geographic maps of the Internet, Cyberspace and thenetwork society.We examine, in detail, maps that display, with varying degrees of subtlety, theideological agendas of Cyberboosterism of their creators. These maps areimportant because they are widely reproduced and consumed without criticalcomment. Many contain serious problems of ecological fallacies and commonlyuse choropleth cartographic methods.15thMarch 1999http://www.casa.ucl.ac.uk/martin/aag99.pdf*Centre for Advanced Spatial AnalysisUniversity College London,Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT.[email protected]# Department of GeographyNational University of Ireland, Maynooth,County Kildare, Ireland.[email protected]
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