Sacramento State University Michael Schmandt Presidential Address delivered to the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, 76th annual meeting, Lake Tahoe, CA, September 26, 2013 Scene 1: Eyes and Feet What did we ever do before cell phone apps? What did we do before GPS? Automobiles, how did we live without them? How did we socialize? How did we find out what we wanted to know? How did we find our way around? These questions, like so many questions in our technology-dependent lives, often underestimate our human abilities because the answers to these questions--at least distilled down and in conjunction with our brains--is that we used our eyes to observe and our feet to explore. Let me be clear: I'm not setting out to trash technology. I'm not a Luddite, a neo-Luddite, nor even a Primitivist. No, the technology that most of us have in our pockets, purses, briefcases, backpacks, and cars has many benefits. In a single word, the chief benefit--the great promise--of all these technology tools, from the Internet to the automobile, is "time." They save us time, and who amongst us in our fast-paced lives does not want a little extra time? My contention here, however,
Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Sep 30, 2014
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