In “A history of the world in 12 Maps” Professory Jerry Brotton demonstrates the bias and distortion behind a variety of cartographic examples stemming back to the first Mercator projections. In this interview for the BBC, he shows how maps at their worst can be a deceptive expression of the politics of the author, or simply a reflection of a particular contemporary view of the world. He asks if there should be more concern about a private entity such as Google being the single biggest collector and owner of geographic data worldwide.
(Of course some authors would argue that expressing our feelings and beliefs through maps is a freedom we should treasure and celebrate).
- A History of the World in Twelve Maps by Jerry Brotton – review (guardian.co.uk)
- A History of the World in Twelve Maps by Jerry Brotton: review (telegraph.co.uk)