- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
|2||Elements of the Map||5|
|3||Map Generalization: Little White Lies and Lots of Them||25|
|4||Blunders That Mislead||43|
|5||Maps That Advertise||58|
|6||Development Maps (or, How to Seduce the Town Board)||71|
|7||Maps for Political Propaganda||87|
|8||Maps, Defense, and Disinformation: Fool Thine Enemy||113|
|9||Large-Scale Mapping, Culture, and the National Interest||123|
|10||Data Maps: Making Nonsense of the Census||139|
|11||Color: Attraction and Distraction||163|
|12||Multimedia, Experiential Maps, and Graphic Scripts||174|
|Appendix: Latitude and Longitude||187|
|Selected Readings for Further Exploration||191|
|Sources of Illustrations||197|
Posted December 21, 2006
The greatest shortcoming of this potentially interesting book is its author's tendency to wander off onto editorial tangents. In some places, this simply colors topics with the author's political outlook, but in others, the commentary becomes so odd that the author loses credibility. For example, in the section about how maps can be manipulated to hide the impact of new development, he complains that people (!) are not included on the maps. I¿m no expert, but I¿m fairly sure that people are generally not depicted on maps. He becomes downright conspiratorial when he describes changes in topographical maps of Love Canal, that the 1946 map 'fail[s] to indicate the use of the canal ... as a dump for chemical waste' and that the 1980 map 'ignores the area's tragic history', nevermind that these are topographic maps, not designed to describe environmental impact (which was likely not a concern when the 1946 map was made) or show the history of an area. These and other anachronistic and/or editorial flights of fancy are distractions which may lead some readers to question the more concrete points made by the author.
1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 16, 2010
No text was provided for this review.