Why Maps Are So Lovely

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Tweeting, visualized by mobile platform

A good map seems to clarify a morass of confusing data, covering a bundle of indecipherable statistics in a simply, shiny wrap. They’re oh so addictive. In a glance, you are edified…

In the same way that a good TED talk teases you into the illusion of knowledge, but you don’t actually know much afterwards, well-crafted maps sparkle and beg for attention and retweeting (the best verb I know for “to spread something virally”). But oh how I adore them! The trick is to dig a bit deeper, so that you can actually converse and discuss.