The readings and assignment explore the interesting subject of the derive. I have to admit, I am skeptical to the value of this method for its practical applications to urban design. I did enjoy my derive as an extended "vacation" within the city, exploring places I would not have gone or taking routes for no reason. It can have the effect of opening ones eyes to overlooked elements within the city. Yet it seems difficult to see true academic or practical value in a derive experience like the two described by Debord. Reading his article felt more like listening to a slightly perceptive fraternity brother rambling about his night out.

McDonough's article puts forward that a traditional map displays a view of the city as that can never actually be seen that way. However Elihu brings up some issues of how the internet is changing mapping techniques. Now can we see the city in the form of a map, strolling down a boulevard with Google maps in hand, navigating the previously opaque routes and intricacies? What does this mean for the derive, an exercise created to deconstruct the image of the city and retailer it to each individuals experiences?