DRAFT ESSAY 3

This is a draft with all my starting ideas I have for my third essay, this draft doesn’t have a introduction and conclusion yet.

 #3 Maps subjective x Maps matter when you look at them from their own time perspective

Maps are always subjective because of the different perspectives and imaginations cartographers have. Because of this maps each map matters when you look at it, from the time the cartographer lived in. Over the years maps develop because land that they portrait changes over time. A map can only reflect on a certain time period, how, it only focuses on the time the map was made in. To understand a map better you have to know the location it shows, the time period it was made in and have a little information about the carthographer. That is why sandbanks, in the map of the Netherlands, are so interesting because they focus on a very short time period. When cartographers make a map of sandbanks they also have to make a map where they are not seen. The reason for this is that half of the day they are visible and half of the day they aren’t. Cartographers can also display sandbanks different than eternal land, making temporary land a little shadier for example. Turchi says ‘‘In stories and novels, white space is commonly used to separate sections. Sometimes the effect is dramatic emphasis, as in a cutaway from an impending or just-completed action. The inevitable event, or its immediate aftermath, is left for us to imagine.’’ (Turchi 49). Blank spaces itself are timeless and they matter from every time perspective you view them from. However, when you start thinking about why a certain blank space was placed somewhere, it doesn’t matter from every time perspective. Cartographers from different time periods could have had different reasons where to put blank spaces. When you look at the map of Holland you can see that sailors might be the ones to use it because it displays sandbanks. There are a lot of different audiences for maps. There are subway maps, highway maps, museum maps and many more. [[find turchi bike map]]. What most maps have in common is that they show where you are and what is around you.

2 thoughts on “DRAFT ESSAY 3

  1. These are some good ideas to start off with.  From what we learned during the semester, a large part in understanding maps is our ability to look at the maps from the perspective of the cartographer in the time period that is was created, so this a great idea to run with for the final paper.  I also like your idea about blank spaces because it could mean something different while looking at it from a different time perspective.  I realize that you don’t have an introduction or a conclusion yet, but I think you are going to need more content for this essay since it’s supposed to be longer than the other ones.  For example, you could take another map and explain how looking at it from the perspective of when it was made can change our understanding of it.  Also, I’m not sure that your quote from Turchi exactly fits into your essay well.  Perhaps you can find another quote that further supports your ideas.  I believe Harley talks a bit more about your ideas than Turchi so maybe you can find evidence there.  You talk about blank spaces and that maps have many different audiences but then you don’t elaborate too much about them.  Maybe if you could expand on those ideas, it will improve your paper.  Overall you have good ideas, but you could bolster them with more evidence.

  2. Victor, your essay has plenty of ideas which is most definitely a positive, but you need to find a way to structure them. My initial reactions to the writing is that it is extremely abrupt and quick. Though the work provided is a single body paragraph it seems as if you have multiple ideas such as, “Maps are always subjective because of the different perspectives and imaginations cartographers have.” & “Blank spaces itself are timeless and they matter from every time perspective you view them from.” I think your idea’s on sandbanks can correlate to your first idea but, I am a little confused on how you will transition it to your other ideas because you also talk about the audience that a map pertains to. However your opening line to me served as your best “zinger” and I think could potentially be the opening of this essay/introduction. Instead of making personal claims I believe you should provide specific examples from the Brennen Maps Exhibit to really solidify your argument, Homann in specific really plays with the ideas of boundaries. What I found different in this essay vs the others I have overlooked and analyzed is that this one does not implement a personal anecdote of yours which is unique. Overall, you most definitely need to expand your work though, there is a lot of freedom in the way you can approach this essay, and I am looking forward to the way you tackle it.

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