Paper Islands

25 Dec 2012

Joshua Keating for Foreign Policy Magazine:

In this era of rising sea levels, it’s not unusual for islands to disappear beneath the surface, but based on depth readings at the site, this island seems never to have existed.

Paper streets were a regular trick of map makers to ensure that their designs were not copied: the placement of roads that didn’t exist to trick up plagiarists. Yet another reason that the map is not the land. I am no good with navigating via street maps anyway, but paper islands? Now I can’t even trust land to be where I expect it? Mine eyes are made the fools o’ the other senses / Or else worth all the rest.