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  1. ABI POLINTAN on 2$ Made It Bigger, 200$ Made It Smaller, A Simplified Map of London Losers, According to Ronald Reagan…, Global US Intervention, Internet-Restricting Web, Octopus Can Also Be On Land

    I’d have to admit that it has been a long time since I’ve last had an encounter with digital cartography as a subject of interest, and following suite from how we handled it way back then, this project would have been unthought of during our time (ten years ago?) despite the existence of websites and blogs by then. This is cool, specially the idea that it is a project that you can actually maintain after the course ends as a field of interest in maps. I’m just not sure if it will show up under a google search for cartography.

    So we have here 6 maps of the geographers choice, and a short write up on how the the elements and content portrayed in the map coalesce into an idea and whether it has left a suitable impression on the viewer. Considering that I’m by now a bit sketchy on the academic details for cartography, first one would have to pardon me in viewing everything from my perspectives coming from fantasy and fiction, and all other things that would not readily manifest in the physical world. So then let us see. How did miss Politan do?

    I’m not actually sure of how the choices of maps were given, I mean, was there a general pool provided or where the students left to their own resources? I’ll be forgiving either way but it would have been nice to see the choices given to the blog author (blogger right?) and see what other options were available. It would have been a bad match-up for the student and the map and me if the ones preferred were actually not part in the selections provided. It would be interesting too to see how the blogger’s choices would compare with my own choices. How far apart would we stand considering the time frame involved (i took up cartography in 2004).

    Looking at the maps, I’d say that it would have been best to select those with enough graphical data to allude meaning to. In this instance, I’d say the political maps for the internet-restricting web, the octopus map for Russia, the US intervention map and Ronald Reagan’s map were great choices. While they all are the results of political propaganda, depending on how they are presented and discussed, they are great ways of giving an alternative meaning to maps other than what we normally use them for.The way that there are a lot of colors and imagery involved in a sense, make me think of a lot of other schemes that these presentations would have been applicable for. The make one think and imagine, and i feel that a topic presented as such has merits because it makes one think of other possibilities. The other two, well, the Loser’s map was a bit too simple for me. Too much open space that will need justification in words. At the onset, one would not feel excited about it in general, and feels bland for me. It would have been nice if the blogger included other maps or included a re-rending of it with her own perspectives about London, and also of her own areas of activity/residence and how she would have portrayed those areas given the map authors implied limits. I never did like the $2 and $200 map representations from worldblogger. I always felt that when figures are included in a representation, either they detract from the actual map, they need tables to justify themselves, and frankly, the way that worldblogger handling of the maps based on their projections and distortions just do not feel right. It’s just like bundling math 17 and 121 for me…

    In writing about these topics, the blogger has tried to follow the key points as is noted on the websites details for the project, I feel though that it would have been an easier read if she has included specific subtitling so that it does not appear too much of a jumble. She did get the key points noted, pointing out specific elements and symbols or the lack thereof, as well as noting the specific ideologies that the map’s authors were aiming for. I wouldn’t say that the essays are academic in nature, it’s more of the casual class banter that I find ok, it is not superfluous or technical and can be followed by most readers. I feel though that the style used in the essay lacks humor, or at least an air of wittiness. I’m not really asking for it to be a must in the essays but after reading through the blogger’s essays and also the other essays on the site, it would have been nice to have that element. The essays are functional but I’m seeing parts where there are definite ties to the humor we encounter in real life and to a whole lot of other things that could have added interest.

    I kept on thinking that if this was a class discussion or a retelling of a movie reel, the banter would have progressed to a point where people would be finding a lot of allegory and metaphors applicable, and a whole lot of other things towards which the discussion would have naturally progressed to. This is just an idea but maybe it would be a good recommendation to discuss the materials for the blog (we’ve done it over beer) before committing it to writing? So then maybe a re-write of the essay but on a more casual note to make it more fun?

    Il faut aller voir

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