Maps are often seen as boring, factual statements. But, as this op-ed points out, they are in fact colorful, editorialized visualizations of landscape.
Thanks to the open data movement and Google Map Maker, anyone with a computer can create a map. These maps tell a story, but it’s a subjective one. And while that can be a powerful tool, it can also skew perspectives and cloud a debate.”We should really teach people to read maps in that way,” says Laura Kurgan, an associate professor of architecture at Columbia University. “Maps are arguments, just like a piece of written journalism is an argument.”