What's in a map? (talk about your "visual rhetoric…")

Okay, okay, this is kind of a political post too, but the reason why I’m putting this here is because I can really see using this stuff in a course that has something to do with “visual rhetoric:”

I came across this post at boing-boing where a reader came up with a “purple map” graphic that reflects what happens if you try to reflect actual percentages of the vote instead of the more simple “winner take all, red for Republicans, blue for Democrats” map we’ve all seen on TV news. Here it is:

Now, just to again point out the contrast here, see this map from USA Today, which reflects the “winner take all” colors county by county and which is explained and discussed a bit in this article here:

If those visuals aren’t “rhetorical,” I don’t know what image would be…

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