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Really interesting article.
This statement: "It is unlikely that the mapmaker is trying to trick you, but maps have hidden biases and limitations. Because of their 'God’s eye view,' maps more than charts or texts may make readers think that they have complete knowledge, but 1/
this is an illusion."

recalls Benedict Anderson's "If one looks beneath colonial ideologies and policies to the grammar in which ... they were deployed, the lineage becomes decidedly more clear. Few things bring this grammar into more visible relief than three institutions 2/
of power which ... changed their form and function as the colonized zones entered the age of mechanical reproduction: ... the census, the map, and the museum ... profoundly shaped the way in which the colonial state imagined its dominion – the nature of the human beings it 3/
ruled, the geography of its domain, and the legitimacy of its ancestry."

_Imagined Communities_ (pp. 167-168)

BUT turn now to the world of prose. Twitter now teems with certitudinous binary claims, e.g. that a vote for Biden reveals a willingness to perpetuate what is 4/
worst in American society.
The problem is that binary framing excludes conclusions and motives absent from the frame: the independent and different political views of voters who aren't included, their different analysis of candidates other than Biden, etc. 5/
Because they elide those unmentioned motives, useful instruments of condemnation.Seems wise to stay _en garde_ vs not only maps, but antitheses. 6/
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