The map is the quintessential metaphor of postmodernism. The map's authority is always relative, determined by the interests of the mapmaker and historical change. The map (and its relatives the graph, the diagram, the blueprint, etc.) is all about relativity, defining places and people in relation to other things. It is an artifice, a conceptual construction of the world, whose primary function is to afford us a sense of our place in it... More >>>