Dudes! I'm currently reading a book called "Don't know much about geography" which despite being written for eejits has actually got me thinking lots about the World, and today it reminded me of sitting in a geography lesson when I was about 10, and being shown two maps. Both of the world.
One looked like this, and is the one we were all familiar with:
And the other looked like this:
"This is how American maps look." We were informed. I'm still not sure if that is true. So I'll ask Bloop now: Is that how American maps look?
Or do they look like this?
Hahaha, no, I'm only joking!
Anyway. It didn't make sense to us as a class of ten year olds why Asia should have to be sliced down the middle, so that America could claim central position. It didn't make sense that the International date line should appear as an unseemly squiggle across the near-centre of the page, to fuel Americaphilla.
We thought, and I still think, that the map familiar to Brits looks more correct. And not because "Our country is in the middle! Therefore it must be right!" But because the British map doesn't show a complete disregard for the Greenwich Meridian, from which our standard time is
calculated. And because on our maps everything known to us as "The west" is IN the West. And everything known as the East is IN the East. (Though yes, I'm aware that these notions of "the east" and "the west" are probably based on these maps!)
And I'm also aware that I probably only hold these views because the British map is the one I'm familiar with and have grown up with. I mean, look at all my personal pronouns! "Our", "Us," "We," It's something that is possibly just personal to myself as a British person.
In conclusion, because I always felt the British map looks tidier.
So I wanted to know what your thoughts were? Which map are you more familiar with? Do American maps generally involve America taking centre stage in the middle? Which map do you think is better?
Also, what do Aussie maps/ other country maps look like?
It's just to fuel my geography curiosities, yo!