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One thing I like about the planet is that North is not actually up and South is not actually down.
Another thing I like about the planet is that it is not flat, and that when you try to render it in two dimensions, you are forced choose what to distort and how to go about distorting it.
These choices turn out to be pretty important/interesting.
The first time I saw the world map presented this way it blew my mind completely. Amazing how much imperialism affects absolutely every single way that we perceive the world.
When people talked about deeply ingrained imperialism and a white-centric system worldwide, this is what I think of. It was one of those world changing moments for me when I saw a map presented this way. It looked wrong, but that just lead to the question of “why?” The because was that we are trained to associate up with good and down with bad, so it makes sense that the Northern Hemisphere would end up on the top of the map. This serves to reinforce the idea that the “developed world”, Europe, the US, ect, are inherently superior to countries that fall on the bottom of the map. Another thing that shocked me was finding out just how distorted the map is in terms of land mass and location relative to the equator. Africa is HUGE. But you wouldn’t know that by looking at common maps. And so many of the countries we are used to seeing towards the center of the map are actually incredibly far north of the equator. Nowhere near the middle of the world as we are used to seeing them.
I’m not sure if anyone else has noticed, but on a Mercator projection map, the country/continent for which the map is made is usually in the middle. (Note that I’m talking about maps for classrooms or textbooks and such. Maps in atlases, or by and for people who take cartography seriously tend to not use the Mercator projection.) Maps of the U.S. tend to put the Americas in the middle and split Eurasia in half. I’d never seen a map like that until I was fifteen, because maps in China are centred on China, with the Americas split in half. When I was in ninth grade, my English teacher was from South Africa, and she had a map that had Africa centred on the map, with none of the continents cut in half. If the point of a map were solely to provide accurate data about geographical relationships and distances (which admittedly the Mercator projection does incredibly poorly), wouldn’t it make more sense to have a map on which all the continents were whole?
WHY WOULD YOU DRAW A WORLD MAP THAT SPLITS A CONTINENT IN HALF THAT IS THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING I HAVE EVER HEARD???
I was wondering that too….
I adore this. It’s one of those dramatic, paradigm-shifting images that makes you recoil at the wrongness of it and then flounder completely when you try to put your finger on what exactly is wrong about it.
Well, north is up.
The Atlantic Ocean ought to be in the middle.
They ought to present this in all grade-school geography classes at some point. Northern Hemispherical chauvinism aside, it’s awfully refreshing to stop and look at something from a different perspective. That’s when breakthroughs in understanding take place.