Last week, we discussed the role of communication technologies in our
perceptions of geography. Tuan examines James' (1961) idea that the
decline in one's sense of place can be attributed to, among other
things, "... the loss of intimate contact with the physical setting in
an age when people seldom walk and almost never loiter ..." (p. 453).
Therefore, do modern technologies, such as the Internet, which exists
in the realm of cyberspace and thus involves an absence of physical
contact, further undermine one's sense of place or can the idea
of "place" be adapted to apply to these new technologies?