1830s Temperance Map leading to Beer Lake (fantasy map) (American Antiquarian Society)
via New Republic
THERE IS DANGER AHEAD! allegorically speaking.
Welcome to Spawn of Gerrymander.
Over the course of the week, this series will present graphic visualizations of six gerrymandered U.S. Congressional districts, created by six dynamite illustrators: Joe Alterio, Steve Brodner, Lisa Congdon, Jennifer Daniel, Oliver Munday, and Leif Parsons.
The challenge of really making us see how ridiculous these districts look gave rise to completely distinct results. But taken together, they are even more powerful. If these visualizations don’t drive home just how absurd partisan districting practices have become, I don’t know what will.
Welcome to Paradise - photographs of any placename in the UK with the word “paradise” in it
But what about paradise? These names clearly aren’t a possessive land grab. Instead they’re clumsily trying to create an image. The naming of these service access-roads and industrial parks is so incongruous it manages to be simultaneously prosaic and romantic. It’s a kind of naive enthusiasm trying to convince us of what surely everybody will realise isn’t true, like an overeager parent naming their child Winner.