How are Google geo services such as Google Maps and Google Earth shaping ways of seeing the world? These geographic ways of seeing are part of an influential and problematic geographic discourse. This discourse reaches hundreds of millions of people, though not all have equal standing. It empowers many people to make maps on the geoweb, but within the limits of Google's business strategy. These qualities, set against the state-centeredness of mapmaking over the last six hundred years, mark the Google geo discourse as something noteworthy, a consumer-centered mapping in a popular geographic discourse. This dissertation examines the Google geo discourse through its social and technological history, Google's role in producing and limiting the discourse, and the subjects who make and use these maps.
|Commitee:||Gokariksel, Banu, Hillis, Kenneth, Pickles, John, Sharma, Sarah|
|School:||The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|School Location:||United States -- North Carolina|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Geography, Web Studies|
|Keywords:||Cartography, Critical cartography, Geoweb, Google, Mapping, Neogeography|
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