Wednesday, June 13, 2007

interesting premise

Found a link on Q and O to this site and a particular map that has a very intriguing premise: the US States renamed to reflect countries of equivalent economic strength. The map is interesting as it provides a quick comparative tool to improve comprehension of the globalizing planet. Close to home, it points out that New York is equivalent to Brazil, Michigan is Argentina, while Ohio is Australia. Some sense of Texas is provided by its equivalency to Canada, while California ties France as the world's 8th largest economy.

Not all people are particularly map literate. Perhaps if we used maps like this to teach geography, to contextualize knowledge and ask people to reflect on meanings that they comprehend, more people would find geography more relevant.

Anyways, if nothing else, the map provides a welcome respite from climate change as a topic for posting.