Many people ask students that chose to study geography or pursue higher degrees within the discipline: why? If your GPS can take you everywhere you want to go, why bother studying it? A UK Tech article highlights what I think is a good defense of why geography is important, useful, and just as relevant today in the world of lightening fast geography.(Studies Highlight Digital Mapping Economic Benefits)
The article focuses on the economic benefits digital mapping can bring to companies, but also touches on another story from this week where Google Maps was able to release the first, semi-completed mapping information from North Korea.The cultural, economic, and political knowledge we gain from the use geography is proudly demonstrated through scenarios and stories like these.
Students should be encouraged to explore the wide range of areas that geography influences and enhances and be excited to proudly state that they study geography. How is it possible to better communicate the possibilities that geography offers?