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Screens & Maps: Is seeing believing? SJU 11/11 2014
Screens & Maps: Is seeing believing?
Mathias Klang @[email protected]
Venezuela – Worlds largest proven oil reservesIndonesia – Largest Muslim populationIndia – Worlds largest democracy
Maps define us
“All cultures produce a world map that puts their own interests and concerns at its heart. Even Ptolemy said any world map must make decisions about what it includes and what it leaves out. Some of those can be sinister decisions, but more often they're simply practical ones. Do you need to show the North and South poles if you don't think you'll ever go there? Probably not.”
Ptolemy's world map (2nd century) in a 15th-century reconstruction
Availability Google Street View
Most popular sport
Countries that don’t use the metric system
Paid maternal leave
World in Proportion to Population
Europe• Austria • Belgium • Bulgaria• Croatia • Cyprus • Czech Republic • Denmark • Estonia • Finland • France • Germany • Greece • Hungary• Iceland• Ireland• Italy
• Latvia• Liechtenstein• Lithuania• Luxembourg• Malta• Netherlands• Norway• Poland• Portugal• Romania• Slovakia• Slovenia• Spain• Sweden• United Kingdom
Social Justice & Maps
The West Wing (season 2, episode 16)
Catcalling video? Where she walked…
The filmmakers claim to have shot this video while walking the streets of Manhattan for 10 hours, but over half of the shots in the video are actually taken from just one street, namely 125th St. in Harlem. It makes one wonder whether the filmmakers intentionally chose to concentrate their filming on a couple of neighborhoods, or if, out of many locations, these are the only places where harassment occurred.
Peace of Westphalia 1646–1648
Woodrow Wilson (1918)
“National aspirations must be respected; people may now be dominated and governed only by their own consent. Self determination is not a mere phrase; it is an imperative principle of action. . . . ”
The Middle East
Gaza Strip Population: 2014 estimate 1,816,379
Around me & Navigation
The internet is shows us what it thinks that we want to see – not what we need to see Eli Pariser
Information junk food.
It will be very hard for people to watch or consume something that has not in some sense been tailored for them. Eric Schmidt, Google
Technology is not inherently democratic
A Squirrel Dying In Your Front Yard May Be More Relevant To
Your Interests Right Now Than People
Dying In AfricaMark Zuckerberg
Google Maps search results are based primarily on relevance, distance, and prominence. These factors are combined to help us find the best match for your search. For example, our search technology might decide that a business that’s farther away from your location is more likely to have what you’re looking for than a business that’s closer.
“Other businesses are deemed more relevant because they have been clicked on more.”
Mathias Klang [email protected] or @klangable
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