Many identify Africa with less-developed countries, disease and war ridden. They think of words like poverty, malnutrition and corruption. Others romanticize it and talk about her beauty and nature. Or they just see an enormous profit to be made from her natural resources like diamonds, gold, oil and minerals.
There are many stereotypes or clichés used (see our earlier post on this) – but what almost all forget is the sheer size of that continent that will never allow one-size-fits-all approaches.
The map below provides a better understanding of the size by overlaying it with some of the largest countries in the world and whole continents.
- Granta: How (not) to write about Africa
- New York: Neighborhood maps
- Interactive Map: World’s Most Polluted Places
- New York: Historic Bus and Subway Maps
UK magazine Granta has a great article online describing how many writers are exploiting cliches and stereotypes when writing about Africa. It is titled How to write about Africa and written by celebrated Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina. Worth reading Some quotes:…Always use the word ‘Africa’ or ‘Darkness’ or ‘Safari’ in your title. Subtitles may include [...]
There is of course the official neighborhood map from the N.Y.C. Dep. of City Planning that maps the 59 community districts but most New Yorkers have a few more names for their neighborhoods. There is Hell’s kitchen, the Meat Packing district, the Theater district and many more that are not included in the official maps. [...]
The Blacksmith Institute has created a list and interactive map of the Top-10 worlds worst polluted places. The list was compiled with the help of a technical advisory board including experts from John Hopkins, Hunter College and Harvard University. The Top-10 were selected from more then 300 potential sites by evaluating where human health is [...]
The New York City Subway Resources site nycsubway.org has many historic subway and bus transit maps – most of them in high resolution format.Some of the maps are dating back to 1888. Also have a look at their “Subway Art Guide” with a list of over 125 artworks in New York City Subway Stations. Maps, [...]