Even Jorge Luis Borges’ fictional 1:1 scale map contain deletions and generalisations. This is the value of the metro system in a new city, a map of the world, or a map indicating climate, population or some other variable – we omit many features.
We can navigate standardised landscapes by GPS, following roads bearing combination of letters and numbers; at its best this is functional and efficient. At its worst, it’s soulless. Mostly it depends on what you are using the map for.
What’s to be said, if anything, for getting your bearing in the textured idiosyncratic features of the landscape? What’s the value of personal and collective associations with place, transient landmarks known to only a few people, maybe even one person; what Guy DeBord called ‘psychogeography.