Double Barton Roadmap

Well Barton and Barton that surely was a read. One thing I want to make note for from this article is they cite themselves as a source, which I have personally never seen before and wonder if this a viable technique. Anyhow, in their article Barton and Barton investigate the rhetoric and ideology behind the use and creation of maps. Maps are supposedly used by a ruling group to obtain dominance among the lesser people in the society. They do this by following the Rules of Inclusion and Exclusion. These are basically what their names suggest. Inclusion refers to what is included in a map and why while exclusion explores the opposite. Inclusion involves what “phenomena” are included on the map and also the strategies used to represent them. It determines placement on the map as well as how the map will be ordered. Exclusion refers to things that are left out or repressed when creating a map. There are two types of exclusion, explicit and implicit. Barton and Barton then completely lose me when they start explaining “Other” and “otherness.” They also go on to later contradict themselves as saying maps are a sort of collage only to later say that this does not do maps justice as to what they are.

I was not particularly sure what to use as an example seeing as Barton and Barton confused me as the article continued on. As a result, pictured here is a map of Purdue’s campus (north of State Street). As we can see this exemplifies the understanding that a map is a collage by combining words, images, and a legend explaining the various elements on the map. One may infer that the rules of inclusion and exclusion are also present as buildings, fields, and roads are included while pinpointing, say, artwork is left off of the map.

Question: What are key elements that might be excluded from a map?


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