- Assignment 3: good work!
- note: div:nth-child() means “any div that is the nth-child())”, not “the nth child of any div”
- Assignment 4: not up yet! But the non-technical instructions in last year’s version will still apply.
- Hermeneutics and understanding
- What does it mean to understand large numbers of texts, and what is the nature of expertise?
- searching vs browsing
- data as evidence, data as inspiration
- Space & Place
- The Work Maps Do: lying; presenting; creating
- Space and “place”
- Space as historically constituted
- What is “the History of a place?”
Questions for us
- What does it mean to foreground spatial characteristics in a spatial history?
- How do maps & media transform the kinds of stories we can tell
Looking at Whales
- impressive data collection
- arresting images
- but conclusion is about pillage: not immediately apparent to the eye.
One version of the story
Lying with Maps
- maps are rhetorical objects
- use of shade, color, can be very misleading
- same numbers can produce very different visualizations
- if maps “lie”, or, at least, if maps are arguments, then:
- what relations of power do they reveal/participate in?
- if we are aware of the “lying”, how can we work with it critically?
Maps Make Landscapes
- U.S. Land Ordinance of 1785 establishes grid mappping method as national system
- lots sold according to this method
Maps Reinscribe Power
- “Home Owners Loan Corporations (HOLC) (1930’s)
- US Federal Agency in New Deal
- tasked with preventing foreclosures
- ranked neighbourhoods by “desirability”
- ancestor to contemporary maps used by real estate brokers
Mapping enrols State Power
…and technological power