Alaska's Revenge in a Nutshell

You may have read my post Alaska's Revenge, by far the most popular article on this blog, due to the attention that an image I created received on the highly popular blog Strange Maps.

This is the "tl;dr" (too long; didn't read) version of that post - a condensed argument-in-a-nutshell about how Alaska is a victim of geographic discrimination and why this issue matters.
Again, here's my image, "Alaska's Revenge" (click for a close-up).
1. Alaska is geographically minimized and discounted as a part of the United States.

A brief survey of maps used to represent the United States in media, business, on the internet or in any part of daily life will show that Alaska is often left out of maps of the states, despite the fact that it's been a state for over fifty years and everyone knows there are fifty states. (Hawai'i is also a victim of this.) When Alaska is included in maps of the United States, it is almost never placed in its actual global position, and almost never shown at its real geographic size in relation to the rest of the country.

2. Maps shape Americans' knowledge or ignorance.

Without a doubt, how we think about geography is formed by the maps we see (or the maps we don't). How Alaska is treated cartographically leads to situations like this, where not even a schoolteacher knows it's the biggest state. If you care about Americans' knowledge of geography and awareness of the world, then this is an important issue.

Thank you for your attention, and please feel invited to leave comments, questions or critiques.

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