Chinese web users debate what their new map might resemble. Cough.
But maps lie. They naturalise the planet’s boundaries and endpoints in ways that serve ulterior motives. The most popular map of the world, the Mercator projection, is a cartographic model of reality founded on a blatant misrepresentation. In the Mercator world, countries are not relative to each other. The sizes of North American and European countries are wildly inflated, while those of third-world nations are greatly diminished. During the 1970s and 80s, the so-called “map wars” were fought, during which a new map, the Gall-Peters projection, was pitted against the Mercator, accused of being a repressive symbol of Eurocentric colonialism.
I am interested in maps and mapping, technology and photography, this article was a sobering read
An Illustrated Comparison of Land Area