Sam Gerstenzang

Oct 13 2013

The Internet Becomes the City’s Cartographer

One might expect the Internet to level the geographical playing field– distance only causing delays on the order of a few hundred milliseconds between two friends or strangers video chatting, messaging, chatting, sharing, posting, liking. Perhaps what is unpleasant about the city (cost, crowd, cleanliness) then causes the end of the city, if the city’s benefits can be otherwise realized through the Internet.

In practice, the Internet only enhances the value of the city.

Instead of only the lovely serendipitous connections that cities have always been appreciated for, the Internet allows the city-dweller to map and mine the mutual interests and creative density that have always existed in the city but were previously harder to discover and plan for.

Meetup.com, Foursquare, Twitter, Tinder– these Internet-enabled tools make density far more valuable. Perhaps a higher resolution version of the Internet will tip the equation towards the end of geography. But until then, the city’s appeal is heightened by our newfound abilities to map the world into our consciousness.

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