Description by Internet Scout Project
"Despite predictions from all corners, geography is not dead and place still matters. Back in 1995, The Economist reported on the "death of distance" when much of the conversation revolved around how the Internet and other related technologies would essentially transform much of the patterns of human activity in the developed world. As it turns out, this has not happened, and conversations about how "place matters" are very vibrant and active. This week features a thoughtful series of buzz-worthy articles on the power of place in contemporary economic and cultural life around the world. One of the interesting developments profiled in the series regards the ways in which mobile phones are being used to create a ride-sharing servi! ce in Sa n Francisco. Another piece informs about the evolution of sites like OpenTable and Yelp to create location-based services grow exponentially. In doing so, they have provided a vast range of businesses and also community-based services. Overall, it's an ambitious effort to document and describe the ways in which innovative technologies continue to transform human interactions."