barton and barton

In this chapter Barton and Barton explore the rhetorical purposes of maps.  Most of the reading was a little much for my attention span but there is some good info in the article. Barton and Barton discuss how maps have been thought to only be used to inform, not persuade. They then spend the majority of the chapter explaining why this is not always true. They discuss 2 conventions that are used in producing maps. These are inclusion and exclusion. These two supposedly used to gain dominance over the people. Inclusion concerns the things that are put on a map and how they are presented. Exclusion on the other hand involves the things that are left out. There are two types, explicit and implicit. It may be that these things aren’t important or that they people making the maps do not want people to know certain information.

When thinking about maps in a rhetorical context and how they can persuade people the first thing that came to my mind was maps of an amusement park. Maps of an amusement park are there to help you find your way around. They also are very graphic oriented. They are built in a way that is designed to get people to the attractions that they want. The rollercoasters are graphically displayed rather than the name just there. I think that these maps do more than just inform. They also persuade the people to want to see more of the park because they are interested in a certain attraction by the way it is represented on the map.


My question is, what if all maps were created like amusement park maps? What kinds of things would you like to see on maps?


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