Designing with Technology

When we think of maps, we commonly think of communicating from point A to B. They also point out hot places for us visiting new places such as restaurants, malls, piers etc. Now where mapping and stuff becomes more politicized is voting and stereotypes. For example, for states in this country that vote predominantly red which is Republican is mainly Conservative views. The states that come up blue which represents Democrats which usually thinks Liberal. According to, The stereotype examples Yanko use touch on everything from political concerns, like the development of the European Union, to cultural stereotypes, like the Hellenocentric view that Greece gave Europe its culture. The American stereotype map labels Russia as a communist stronghold, while Britain’s map labels Ireland as an island full of rascals.” That goes to show how much mapping has gone from strictly directional to stereo. What is also interesting is which places get more representation over the other. For example, about the bottom half of Manhattan with some places in Harlem being represented better than other places due to its nightlife, tourist attraction and historical lineage. As opposed to other neighborhoods that get a  bad rap. Margarita Gutman, New School professor told Next City during this week’s World Urban Forum 9, an event where optimistic visions of data-driven cities are on full display. “You will never know what is really happening in the bad parts of the city,” Which is interesting because of which places get glorified over the others because of what they provide. 


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