Free Writing #1

Maps matter because they literally shape the way people view the world. For example, the Mercator projection is the preferred projection that the United States and I think the world uses. However, this protection, like all projections has a bias. The Mercator map makes Europe and North America appear much larger then South America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. The Mercator projection makes the West look larger and the Northern Hemisphere is above everyone else. This creates a sense of superiority of western civilization and values over other cultures and nations of the rest of the world. This misrepresentation makes other nations appear smaller and not as important. This creates an ill informed view of the world’s continents, nations, peoples, and cultures. If people only see one projection of Earth, there can be a misunderstanding of the world we live in.

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