Maps turn each of us into what Michel de Certeau calls a ‘voyeur-god’ … The map is a mechanism that shows what no eye could ever see, even when the maps represents the most familiar territory— the space marked out by daily experience … Maps suggest ways of thinking as well as seeing. They materialize a view of the mind more than of external reality. They project an order of reason onto the world and force it to conform to a graphic rationale, a cultural grid, a conceptual geometry.
Christian Jacob, The Sovereign Map
(the piece where got the de Certeau bit from was his 1984 book, The Practice of Everyday Life)
Hello Tumblrverse! I haven’t posted on this blog in almost 1.5 months. (windridden, please tell Mrs. Windridden that I haven’t forgotten about her map request.) In order to get back into the swing of things, I’ve decided to post a photograph, something I’ve never done before. This is no ordinary photograph, however. It’s a photograph of me, peoplecartographer! More specifically, it depicts my attempt at drawing a mental map of the United States. (In case you can’t tell, the map is upside down. Maine is at the very bottom and I’m in the process of drawing North Carolina.) This exercise was very beneficial in that I discovered the strengths and weaknesses in my knowledge of U.S. geography in addition to gaining further appreciation for the practice of cartography. Although I didn’t use fancy instruments or precise data, I thoroughly enjoyed putting my own interpretation of the world down on paper. This is one of the many reasons why cartography is such a valuable science and art form. So if you have any free time, I would highly recommend pulling out a piece of paper and a pencil and making your own mental map! You won’t regret it.
Laconic History of the World
(The most common word in every Wikipedia article titled ‘History of ____’)