Thursday, October 25, 2007

This American Life - Mapping

According to cartographer Denis Wood, "we live in the Age of Maps: more than 99.9 percent of all the maps that have ever existed have been made in this century". Host Ira Glass interviews Wood who tells us how maps are not impartial reference objects, but instruments of communication, persuasion, and power. Every map is a world seen through a different lens.

I plan on purchasing Wood's book, The Power of Maps for the IGSS. It should work as a resource for the questions "Where am I?"

Judy Gressel, librarian

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