hat tip to holy heteroclete for this idea.
how does that change how you view the world? i'm a product of my own North American education which ... well ... it's ethnocentric. i had to look around to get used to the idea that there is absolutely nothing wrong with this picture.
i was reading some other links that stated that maps used to have East at the top until navigators started keying on the North Star. most maps put North at the top of the map now because of that.
this look is different though. it forces one to look at places that you don't think about. if Asia, South America and Africa are prominent then how can we ignore the billions who live there in poverty. no more of this hiding faces behind the tilt of the globe, no more of this hiding in plain sight.
what if the majority also had the most money? where's that put me?
what if the ancient Asian cultures had explored the world the way the Europeans later did? how's that change how we view our maps? how's that change how we view our culture? how's that change how we view our economies?
i'm still ethnocentric. help me learn to throw more things on its head and look at it all from a completely different angle.
there are more versions of maps that you can find here and again here (thanks to Joel Stainer for the 2nd link).