AbstractThis presentation demonstrates the potential use of spatial humanities as both a critical thinking exercise and a computational tool in digital humanities pedagogy. “Figures Don’t Lie” presents a map of the United States that labels each state as a foreign nation according to the correlation between the GDPs of each state and their assigned countries. The map may spark classroom discussions about a range of humanities topics. Revealing the map’s underlying data shows how facts can be spun and helps students understand how the “facts” presented in the media may not be what they appear.
SubjectsDigital humanities, Humanities--Information technology, Humanities--Digital libraries, Geographic information systems, Critical thinking, Spatial humanities, Gross domestic product, Maps, World Bank
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