In a recent look into the world of mapmaking, the BBC used the situation in Crimea to explain how the creation and labeling of maps are swayed by political institutions. Not just one, but many. Depending on where you live, the report said, a map can look very different.
“People generally assume that, well, science is just objective, and what we do in cartography is represent the world ‘out there’. But it’s never as clear cut,” Christine Leuenberger, a Cornell University professor who researches politics and cartography, told the BBC. “Maps are always selective. You always have to omit as much as you include. So they’re always political. It’s impossible to construct an apolitical map.”
We thought we'd pass this on as not only an enjoyable and insightful read, but for some perspective on how the shapes and scope of our globe are constantly changing and forever up for debate.