Essay on Changing Cartograhies

1849 Words May 23rd, 2012 8 Pages
Changing Cartographies
Introduction According to Silver and Balmori (2003 48) “Cartography, a term derived from the word for chart (charte) or drawing, has in recent years undergone a radical transformation.” This was identified earlier as Anson (1988 ix) noted “Today the art and science of map making is caught in the throes of a technological revolution which shows no signs of slowing down.” However, advancements in mapping have been associated with scientific developments in mainly the computer and internet technologies. Prior to this, mapping had been quite primitive in a sense as Wikipedia (2012) states that cartograms were created by hand before Waldo Tobler produced one of the first cartograms aided by computer visualization. During
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It sheds a ray of truth onto Muehrcke’s claim and Kirkpatrick’s statement. Cartographers, it would seem, were more inclined to produce maps of features that were easy to map than of those harder or took more time to do so. It is just human nature that people would opt for easier processes than not. Nevertheless, it was done. Cartograms were still produced but there would have been an imbalance in quantities favouring those maps that were ‘easily’ prepared.

Other graphical fields Other graphical fields would definitely have seen changes come their way during the computer revolution. Software like Adobe Illustrator has introduced new or even better ways of producing drawings. Graphical fields have also really paralleled the change seen in cartography. Buildings are being planned graphically with AutoCad software or other similar software. Adobe Photoshop is also another big product in the graphics market that has become increasingly popular. These are only a few examples to illustrate the change brought about with changing time and inventions especially the eruption of the computer technology. It would seem that research for new technology is relentless in the search for new ways to simplify difficult tasks or even try to perfect certain processes. The big question is: Who knows what technology is next?


Conclusion It would therefore seem that Muehrcke was correct when he made the claim in 1974. Cartograms were

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