Lesson I

Who’s On Top of the World

Lesson I

Answer the following questions according to the maps below:

  1. How does the map relocate familiar positions? Describe your answer in some detail.

  2. Why might a Texan, a Floridian, or a South African be inclined to create such a map?

  3. What value judgments are associated with the words “up” or “top?”

  4. How is the ideology that these associations imply evident in the weather report from the satirical news source The Onion found here.

  5. Now compare the two maps below. The first is the Mercator Map, which is the map that most of us are used to seeing. It was created for nautical purposes, and its primary goal is to preserve “rhumb lines” (angles of course–especially at sea–as one crosses the meridians). The second is called the Gall-Peters Projection Map, and its primary goal is to show an accurate representation of land mass. What differences do you recognize between these maps? How might using the Gall-Peters Projection Map change the ways you think about the world?