World without signs?

On The End of Cyberspace blog, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang links to a great question: Could GPS create a world without signs?

As GPS and other location technologies (holography, anyone?) substitute virtual referent for physical reality, it raises questions about the role of context to knowledge, and whether, in the process of mapping everything, we add to or subtract from the understanding we get.

The Salon piece was strongly reminiscent of the ongoing debate over the place of books in public life.


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