Beyond Google Earth

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Suuuper interesting piece about maps in In These Times last month… For some, mapping has become a vibrant new language a way to interpret the world, find like-minded folks and make fresh, sometimes radical, perspectives visible, writes the author, Jessica Clark. For others, maps portend threats to privacy and freedom of movement.

Coolest new map application: We Feel Fine, a map that culls people’s emotions from blogs and organizes them geographically.

Most sobering: Worldmapper, where maps are distorted to represent often preventable deaths (Africa and India are puffed up and swollen and the U.S. and Europe reed-slim) and deaths from non-communicable illnesses (Asia and India dominate the image).

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