Lifeline: Call a Friend


You joined ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ You are on the $1,000,000 question. You don’t know the answer. You still have your last lifeline: Call A Friend. Who would you call?

Above is a map showing the so-called “call data communities” in the United States. It shows which communities are likely to call one another. The thick white lines serve as borders of each state, while the colors are the “call data communities”. This map is very interesting because it shows that, according to Frank Jacobs (2011), borders are paradoxical for they connect what they aim to divide. As observed, communities tend to call other communities on the other side of the state border. The border, which tends to divide the states, makes the communities near it share a common thing which makes those communities closer to one another.

TECHNICALITIES

There are many essential elements that the map lacks. First, there is no title. As a result, common people wouldn’t know the use of the map, or what it is about to begin with. Supplemented by the lack of legend, the maps look more useless and meaningless. If I hadn’t read the essay about this map, I wouldn’t know the meaning of the colors, and the map as a whole. Lastly, there are no labels. People, who are not familiar with the states of US will not know which states are more likely to call one another, etc. Moreover, even the most basic question in a map, “Where is it?” might not also be answered if the users are not familiar with the shape of the United States.

AESTHETICS

Though, there is good contrast in the map; still, there are colors which made the map less appealing and less effective. Take a look at the background color. Making gray as the background color is not a big deal, but using a darker shade of it as a seemingly background color in this map causes confusion. Since US have waters on the east and west, maybe it’s more appropriate to use blue or any lighter color. Another thing about the gray color is that the map used it also inside the states, thus, making the map somewhat vague.

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