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Military’s use of GPS may have been the primary consumer of this product but its transformation from a Fordist to a post-Fordist commodity are what began the heavy shifts in the geography of the global economy. In a post GPS society, maps were used as the primary uses for direction. Maps created an illustration of where rivers were and where oceans began (Dorling, 1991). This trend could be seen most thoroughly in cartography companies. The leading example of such a company lies in Rand McNally. The introduction of GPS systems launched in a post-Fordist era not only domesticated global positioning systems from strictly military uses but has also hurt mapping companies like Rand McNally economically. With the widespread use of websites such as Map Quest or GPS systems themselves, mapping companies couldn’t compete with the faster techniques of finding directions. Since the late 20 th century mapping has become somewhat of a less desirable industry due to high tech advances such as GPS. Specialized skills were needed to create a perfectly accurate map of a city but as
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2012 for the course GEO 101 taught by Professor Dempsey during the Fall '10 term at Wisconsin.

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