James Fallows follows up on nine Chinas with a bunch of fun refractions of China’s mass based on perceptions from particular vantage points. You’ve seen maps like this before. Here’s China from the POV of Shanghai:
It’s just like that great old New Yorker cover with the view of America from 9th Avenue—
—which I love because the rendering does all the work; no labels required. The American interior as maize rectangle. Doh. Perfect.
These maps only work if they’re drawn from some specific perspective, with some particular allegiance made clear. This annotated map of San Francisco, for instance, is not funny—because it hates everything! (Except maybe the “Forests of Mystery”?) Now, a hipster’s map of San Francisco, or San Francisco through the eyes of a visiting Chicagoan—those could be good.
Likewise, Maira Kalman’s classic map of New Yorkistan doesn’t fit the genre; it, at least, manages to be super-funny, but it still doesn’t really let you know who is drawing the map. (Am I being too picky?)
Any more like this out there that you’ve seen?