Fantasy Maps 4

I put off posting this week because I could not figure out if I loved maps of places that do not exist, or if I think they are a waste. What I finally realized is, I like them for the artistic value that is typically associated with them, I do not like them as maps themselves. Especially, if we are talking about historical maps.

What use is a map of a place that does not exist? Especially in history!

After reading Erin and Michael’s’ blog posts this might be a good time to mention- I hate video games. Ok, hate is a strong word- I don’t like them. I think they are a waste of time, but that is just me.


One of my friends posted an article the other day on incarceration rates in Milwaukee. I know Milwaukee has a one of the highest incarceration rates in the country, but to break it down by zip code illustrates the importance of the smaller areas of measure. There are areas of Milwaukee that have property values over $1 million right along side the zip codes that have the 3rd, 4th and 7th highest incarceration rates in the country.

Besides the arguments that can be made about the justice system in our country, to me the use of zip codes show how segregated the city really is. Having lived there and driving through bad area, good area, bad area, good area, medium area, college area and back everyday I witnessed first hand the clear lines that are drawn. By using zip codes as smaller areas of measure you can clearly see the dividing lines without physically needing to be in the space.  It could be argued this is better for sociologists than historians, but if you are able to research data from a time period you are interested in, the statistics from one zip code versus a neighboring code could yield interesting insights.



4 thoughts on “Fantasy Maps

  • Dale Dunn

    The best use for maps of places that don’t exist is in books of fantasy like The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Otherwise, I don’t pay any attention to them. Reality is good…you might guess, I’m no “gamer” either.

  • Michael

    I have to respond to your comment about video games. I can see how someone can see how it’s a waste of time, but you can say that about any hobby whether it’s knitting or drawing. For me, it’s stress relief. Escapism in one of its basic levels.

    • Danielle Post author

      I am not knocking gamers. I live with one and work with too many of them! Everyone needs an outlet, you are right. For me it is a waste of time. I barely want to look at a computer screen by the time I get home from work/school much less spend my free time doing it. I read a report recently that claimed kids who play games are more creative and less likely to have attention problems.

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