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Virtual Geographies

  • By: Susan Bergeron
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Virtual geographies are a broad area of research within geography and geographic information science that seeks to understand how new digital technologies and modes of communication are creating new notions of space and place. Among those areas of interest are the creation and exploration of virtual environments, including virtual worlds, cyberspace, and cybergeographies, and notions of other invisible social spaces. As the Internet, the World Wide Web, and other communication technologies continue to expand their roles in everyday lives, the study of the virtual geographies of evolving digital society will become an even more important component of the discipline. Understanding the virtual geographies they create, whether they be virtual worlds we inhabit through our avatars, the rapidly changing invisible landscape of cyberspace, or the virtual ...

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