[Geowanking] what is in a name!
sparafina at comcast.net
Thu Dec 1 19:49:56 PST 2005
Hmmm, perhaps I should scan and make available David Bell's paper at the
1994 American Association of Geographers meeting entitled, "F*cking
Geography" from the long defunct zine titled "Globehead, the journal of
extreme geography" published by grad students in State College,
Pennsylvania. (Please note that Globehead was probably the first to
combine the words extreme and geography sequentially in print. Long
before the lame 2004 Bentley ad campaign that tried to portray CAD
software as both extreme and geographical.)
In addition to such land mark articles (such as David Bell's) which
sought to define the interface between geography and sex, Globehead also
included favorite recipes from Geography exemplars such Thorsten
Hagerstrand and Yi-Fu Tuan. For those who have been fotunate enough to
not suffer through a course in geographical epistemology, both
Hagerstrand and Tuan are in wikipedia.
I dislike geowonkers because its trite and evokes the image of pasty
males hunched over computers producing ugly maps. To build from Jody's
suggestion, geowackers could be an acceptable substitute, of course that
to could also evoke images of pasty males hunched over ...
Of course for those that want to keep the name, I submit that
questionable names can make it into mainstream. Take for example the
gps software called Fugawi, a term derived from the ever popular
question, "Where the f*ck are we?!"
Enough inane ramblings for now.
Ask Bjørn Hansen wrote:
> FWIW I agree with those who find the name rather fitting (and
> funny). :-)
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