The Purple Map

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They've got all kinds of variations on blue-red vs. purple, states vs. counties, and cartogram vs. not.

Posted by Gabe at November 8, 2004 11:28 AM

As one of the 45% who didn't vote for the winning candidate in his state, I wholeheartedly concur. Heck, 40% of us didn't even vote for the winner in our COUNTY, so let's throw that map out too while we're at it.

Not that there's necessarily anything wrong with using a choropleth map to display election results. It's been used for decades, and for decades we seemed capable of understanding that it was simply a graphical representation of who won each state, nothing more. Somehow in the last four years it got transformed into the idea that there are two homogeneous, opposite cultures that begin and end at the state lines.

Posted by Tom L at November 8, 2004 12:16 PM

Purple - the color of Barney the dinosaur and the title of a BAD Oprah Winfrey movie.

Nuff said.

Posted by M. Murcek at November 8, 2004 12:45 PM

"...he title of a BAD Oprah Winfrey movie."

Are you implying that there exists a good Oprah Winfrey movie? The very phrase "Oprah Winfrey movie"...

Posted by Ben at November 8, 2004 2:36 PM