Actor voice over. (rough but tempered voice)
Well, geography is a glittering lure. But there’s the rare occasion when the public can be engaged on a level beyond flash, if they have a sentimental bond with a place. My first job, I was an on site web developer at a local DOT, with this old pro Geographer. Ethiopian, named Marcos. And Marcos told me the most important idea in geography is new. Creates an itch. You simply put your map out there as a kind of… calamine lotion. But he also talked about a deeper bond with the geography: nostalgia. It’s delicate… but potent. Marcos told me that in Ethiopian, “nostalgia” literally means, “the pain from an old wound”. It’s a twinge in your heart, far more powerful than memory alone. This service isn’t a story map. It’s a time machine. It goes backwards, forwards. It takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called the Globe. It’s called a GeoCarousel. It lets us travel the way a child travels. Around and around, and back home again… to a place where we know we are loved.
And during this who speech a spinning globe will be in the background, spinning slowly, but seemingly removed from the passage of time.
And if you want, we can toss Map Man flying in low orbit.