Geography 970

March 28, 2010

Where are the pushpins when we need them?

Filed under: Uncategorized — mattmoehr @ 4:51 pm

We’ve had a recurring theme on this blog about pushpin symbology and the appropriate depiction of life-and-death events.  I just read this interesting NYT article about the right-wing anger over the Obama health care plan.  It had a link to a map from the Sarah Palin PAC.  The map uses gun-scope crosshairs to mark twenty congressional districts where the McCain 2008 campaign got a majority of votes and the congressperson voted for the health care reform.  Yes.  Crosshairs.  Luckily the facebook discussion seems to have picked up on the choice of symbols.  Maybe there is hope for a civil society within the interwebs…

Also, I noticed there was an interesting depiction of Alaska in the header logo.  While the crosshairs send an awful message I liked the subtle point about the size of Alaska in relation to the lower 48.  But.  Crosshairs.

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