Map Critique 4

November 15, 2009

Map Critique 4

The map I chose to critique is called “Generic Names for Soft Drinks by County”. The map shows the generic names for soft drinks in the United States. The map is divided up into each county within each state. There are four different categories in the legend. Different shades of blue stands for people that say “pop”, different shade of red stand for people that say “coke”, different shade of yellow stand for people that say “soda”, different shade of green stand for people that say “other”, and purple stands for no data. It is a very colorful map and really stands out to me. The color that pops out to the most is the color blue, which means most of the United States says, “pop” for a generic name for a soft drink. After “pop” it is “coke”, “soda”, and “other names”. The map shows that the northwest and the mid-west say “pop”. The South says, “coke” and the Southwest, Hawaii and New England say, “soda”.

Overall I like the map. I first saw the map at work this summer and thought it was really funny. I think the map audience is for anyone to look at. I do not think this map can really be used for anything else other than for entertainment. I think it is a scientific map because it has data that has been compiled to create it. The map has most of the good principles of cartography. It has a title telling an audience what the map is showing. It has a legend which tells an audience what each color means in the map. The map has the source, neatline, and the date. The only principles the map does not have is the scale of the map and the north arrow/orientation.  I think the map communicates to the audience very well, it tells the audience exactly what it is all about, by the title.

map

Bibliography

Generic Names for Soft Drinks by County. 1 Mar. 2003. 14 Nov. 2009 <http://popvssoda.com:2998/countystats/total-county.html&gt;.

 

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