Map Critique 5

November 30, 2009

Map Critique 5

            The map I chose to critique is called, “Atlas of Faiths”. It shows the different religions and what part of the world each religion is in. The religions are represented by a different shade of color. There are 16 different categories that are shown. Fifteen of the categories are religions and the 16th category is unpopulated. Some of the religions that are shown are Roman Catholic, Protestant, Mormons, Muslims, and Jews. Also, shown on the map is a pie chart showing the percentage of believers. In the pie chart there are different categories. The largest religion in the world according to this chart is Muslim. Another chart is shown in the map which shows the believers by religion. It forecasts which religions will rise and decrease by 2050.  This is shown in the millions. The chart shows that Christians will have the largest population by 2050.

            I think this map is very interesting. I did not realize that the Muslim religion was so large. The audience for this map could be anyone. This map would be used for scientific use. The map I think shows a pretty good depiction of the world religions. They received their data from Encyclopedia Britannica. The map has most of the good principles of cartography. It has a title, a legend, and a neatline. It does not have a north arrow. Other elements is does have is the source the data came from and the dates of the map. I liked that the map does not just show the map, but it also puts charts on the map to help you understand the map more. The message that the map communicates to me is that religion has a lot to do with what goes on in different regions.

Bibliography

Atlas of Faiths. 2003. 30 Nov. 2009 wp-content/uploads/map_world_religions.gif.

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.

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Bibliography

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

 

Map Critique 3

October 21, 2009

Map Critique 3
The map I chose to critique is called “Total Population”. The map shows the total population of the world in 2002. Each country is not its normal size. The size of the country is based on their population. The map also shows in a table the some of the most and some of the fewest people. China has the largest population so it is the largest country on the map. The country with the lowest population is Holy See with a population of 1,000. Also, a diagram of the world population by region and an excerpt explaining what is going on in the map. The countries are all in very bright colors. China stands out the most because it is the largest and is in a bright green color.
I like the map; it is a different way to look at the world population on a map. The audience of this map is anyone. Most maps just have the population color coded and are kind of boring to look at. Even though those maps are boring to look at they give you actual numbers/data; this map does not. When a person looks at this map they can only tell by the size of the country and compare it to other countries that it has a larger or smaller population. This would not be a very good map to use for exact calculations of population. The flaw of the map is it does not show a very accurate account of every country’s population. This map would be good to show people how much of impact some of the countries have on the Earth. The map does not follow good principles of cartography. It does not have orientation, legend, or a scale. Good principles of cartography that the map does have are: the source of information, the date the map was created, a title, and a neatline. I think the map communicated what it is about pretty well because it tells the audience what the map is about in the title.
Bibliography
Total Population. Map. 2006. Oct. 2009 < http://www.worldmapper.org/display.php?selected=2&gt;.

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Map Critique 2

October 2, 2009

Map Critique 2

The map I chose is called “The World: As America Sees It”. It is a rather funny map. The map divides the world into different regions based on what Americans think of these countries/continents. For instance South America is called cocaine and coffee; Russia is called Russian Mob. Each continent/country is also a different color. The United States is the American flag while Japan is colored yellow and is called “Radioactive Area”. The first thing I see when I look at this map is Africa. Africa is right in the middle of the map; it is very large and has big white and black vertical strips on it. They called Africa “Empty Area”.

I think this map is an interesting way to look at the world. I do not know if it is completely true, but it is very funny to think about the world that way. The audiences for this map are Americans; other countries might take offense to this map. I do not think this would be a real map to use on a daily basis; it is just something fun to look at. It would be more of a piece of art than used for science. This map does not show true political boundaries of the world. It does not follow good principle of cartography. This is map only has a title; it does not show who created the map, the date the map was created,  the legend, the north arrow, and the scale. I think this map communicates the American view of how to look at the world and not any other countries in the world.

Bibliography

The World: As America Sees It. Map. 30 Sept. 2009 <http://www.gishumor.com/uploaded_images/WorldAsAmericaSeesIt-734390.jpg>.

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