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I don't know about holding back independence, but there is obvious distortion. If maps have power then it probably does make some difference. I guess the question is, what difference does it make?
I don't put much credence in such claims; they smack of Arno Peters's silliness. But it seems to be a common theme for map musings: http://www.gislounge...ceptions-world/
Perhaps there's some other reason UK weather maps would focus on the part of the country where 90 percent of their viewers live, rather than the barren Scottish rocks scattered across the North Sea.
I'm always astonished by the misuse of map projections, thanks for this example i'll reuse in class :-)
If you're interested in this topic you could read Marc Monmonier : http://www.markmonmo...ction_39886.htm
The map using Mercator projection to warn about "Soviet threat" is well known in cold war history :
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