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This is an entertaining video clip from an episode of the West Wing explaining the differences between map projections and how they intersect with policy. For example, the standard Mercator maps that we usually use make lands closer to the poles appear much bigger, shrinking the size of places like Africa and inflating the importance of European countries. In the clip, the Organization of Cartographers for Social Equality suggests using the Peters Projection, which evens things out a bit, but can be very disorienting at first. Enjoy!

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