A More Perfect Union: ‘Censual Cartographies’
The wants, needs and desires of the United States allow for a radical reimagining of the maps of the nation.
At a time when several countries around the world are conducting censuses, debate has emerged over what type of snapshot of the population does the census convey? In responding to areas of experience which the census omits, R. Luke Dubois has produced an alternative cartography of the United States. Dubois maintains that the information which can be scraped from individual’s Internet presence is as useful, if not more so, to ascertaining the make up of the nation.
R. Luke Dubois joined twenty-one dating sites in order to make his own census of the United States in 2010.” He sifted through the profiles of 19 million people and then plotted the words that they most frequently used in their profiles with their geographic locations.
The data visualization offers two distinct scales of appreciation: one mapping illustrates the whole of the United States according to the words men and women use to describe their character and interests. A second more detailed mapping zooms into state and city maps which have their town and road name markers replaced with dating profile tags.