Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception

This exhibition by the Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library examines the many ways in which maps and data can bend the lines of reality. To see the online exhibition, click HERE.

Because they seem to show the world how it “really is,” maps produce a powerful sense of trust and belief. But maps and data visualizations can never communicate a truth without any perspective at all. They are social objects whose meaning and power are produced by written and symbolic language and whose authority is determined by the institutions and contexts in which they circulate.

Published: March 9th, 2022

Author: Alan Thibeault
Tags:Boston Public Library, Leventhal Map & Education Center, maps,