Going Viral: The Look of Online Persuasive Maps


Muehlenhaus, Ian. (2014). “Going Viral: The Look of Online Persuasive Maps,” Cartographica 49(1): DOI: 10.3138/CART.1830

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Figure 1 Original available at: https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/iraq_wmd/Iraq_Oct_2002.pdf

Figure 1: Recreation of CIA Map (excerpt)

Figure 6 An example of a mashup-based online persuasive visualization using the Google Earth plug-in. You can type in your home location and see how big the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill was compared to where you live. Accessed on June 7, 2012 at http://paulrademacher.com/oilspill. (Courtesy of Paul Rademacher, www.housingmaps.com)

Figure 7 Screen capture from Al-Jazeera Web map entitled, Map: Iran is surrounded. Accessed on June 7, 2012 at http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2012/04/2012417131242767298.html. (Source: www.alJazeera.com)

Figure 8 What Health Reform Means to Your State. The White House Website used an interactive Web map to help promote its controversial health care reform initiative. Accessed on June 7, 2012, at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform/map#. (The White House)

Figure 9 A Google Mashup showing the names, locations, and work affiliations of, as well as the amount of money contributed by, donors to the Proposition 8 Campaign in California. Accessed on: June 7, 2012 at http://www.eightmaps.com (Source: www.eightmaps.com)

Figure 10 New York City’s Abortion Rate by Zip Code. Accessed on June 7, 2012 at http://www.nyc41percent.com. (Courtesy of the Chiaroscuro Foundation)

Figure 11 Map accessed on June 7, 2012 at http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/04/immigration_map.html. (Courtesy of American Progress)

Figure 12 Israeli Defense Forces Animated Map on YouTube. “What Gives Israel the Right to Defend Itself?” Accessed on May 21, 2012, at http://youtu.be/LxX6f5R4-3E (Source: Israeli Defense Forces, YouTube)

Figure 13 A version of the Jesusland meme. (Source: by Liftarn, GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

Figure 14 A downloadable poster for free distribution. One can pick the city in which she lives to personalize the cartographic terror. Accessed: June 7, 2012 at: http://www.adl.org/Israel/posters (Source: Anti-Defamation League Website)


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