Friday, October 17, 2014

Maps: A trustworthy source of information or a platform for propaganda?

Professor Peter Vujakovic with the Times Atlas.  Image Courtesy of Phys.org.
Professor Peter Vujakovic with the Times Atlas.
Image Courtesy of Phys.org.
October 9, 2014.
Holly Finch, of Phys.org, has written a thought provoking article about the importance of recognizing that maps are created with a bias; just like all other primary source material. 

Primary sources are: " a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event.". 

"Many people would believe that a map is predominantly to determine a location or to assist with directions. But would you look at a map and notice how the colour, layout and decoration can, in some cases, be chosen, to 'subvert and propagate alternative world-views'?"

To read the full article, click here.
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