Thursday, March 13, 2008


In February, some 18 months after its launch in September 2006, Strange Maps had clocked up 5,000,000 hits. What makes it so irresistible? Well, here's an electoral map of the US that appeared in al-Hayat in 2004, also featured in Your Name Here:

The maps on Strange Maps show enclaves, alternative political configurations, possible worlds. But this is just a map of the actual world seen from a different perspective: the perspective of someone watching an election in another country, someone whose life may be affected by the preferences of voters in Ohio. Could be the best thing in the book.

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