Thursday, February 19, 2015

Where Bears Fans Live

In the last year there have been a lot of maps about fans of various sports teams based on Facebook likes. You have probably already seen the New York Times' maps of the Basketball Nation, the College Football Fan Map and the Baseball Nation. These maps show the support of sports teams based on their number of Facebook fans.

Where Bears Fans Live is a new map of where Chicago Bears fans reside. The heat-map shows where Chicago Bears live based on the percentage of Facebook users who 'like' the team. I don't wish to imply this is a bad or unnecessary map but I couldn't help noticing a slight resemblance to the How Far Away is Ohio? map.

The How Far Away is Ohio? map featured yesterday in a post on Vox, entitled, 27 Hilariously Bad Maps that Explain Nothing. Vox frequently publishes long lists of maps that promise to (but hardly ever) explain the world. This is in fact the first list from Vox that I've seen which actually contains some useful maps - if only as examples of bad maps. To be fair to Vox they have included one of their own maps in the list.

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