Assembling the world in an image: 15 of history’s most revealing maps

Published on CNN here

Assembling the world in an image: 15 of history’s most revealing maps

The world is always changing, moving, never really in equilibrium. This is a feeling, a concept, a fact that mostly we avoid. Stability is what we as humans are drawn to as if by instinct, as there is no safety in motion or in change. We want to be grounded in a place, in a space, with which we are familiar. Perhaps that is why throughout the centuries we have loved and created maps. Pictured on these abstract surfaces is an image of our world and its spatial complexities abstracted and made simple; reduced from three-dimensions to an easier to handle two. Maps give us the illusion that nothing is changing, and that all the paths we want to travel are clearly marked for us to follow.  At least that is how is used to be. Today the mapping of things that have no material existence like Internet searches and social media information flows are very different from the cartography of the past. This map for example highlights our networked existence, at least some of our existence. A close examination shows that this simple map has a political message in that both Russia and China are nearly absent from the connections that rest of the world has so embraced. So although it is a very modern digital creation, it still carries a very traditional geo-political message.

(CNN)The world is always changing, moving, never really in equilibrium. This is a feeling, a concept, a fact that mostly we avoid. Stability is what we as humans are drawn to as if by instinct, as there is no safety in motion or in change. We want to be grounded in a place, in a space, with which we are familiar.

Perhaps that is why throughout the centuries we have loved and created maps. Pictured on these surfaces is an image of our world and its spatial complexities abstracted and made simple; reduced from three-dimensions to an easier to handle two. Maps give us the illusion that nothing is changing, and that all the paths we want to travel are clearly marked for us to follow. At least that is how is used to be.

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