Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The world according to...

There is a type of cartographic joke that falls into the category of "The World According to..." One style of doing this is the classic Saul Steinberg New Yorker Magazine cover which has been emulated many, many times.  Another way of doing it is to re-draw a map distort the sizes and/or change the labels to caricature-ize the worldview of the subject of a jest.  Here, for example, is a map of world religions with the emphasis being on Australia's unique dominant belief system.  Below we have a Cold War-era version of this joke lampooning the self-aggrandizing attitudes France can seem to have about it's own importance on the global stage.  To be completely unfair, except for the Iron Curtain bit, I think it's an accurate misrepresentation.  (click on it to see a more legible view).

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