Gerrymandering FTW (for the win, for real)

Gerrymandering: a practice that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating district boundaries to create partisan advantaged districts. (Thanks, wikipedia!)

Today, I offer an Ontario / Massachusetts mash-up to demonstrate why I think digital access is a Good (or at any rate, interesting) Thing (since we can trace great ideas like gerrymandering back… and on its back… and forth!):

From the Boston Centinel, 1812

The original Gerrymander, from the Boston Centinel, March 1812

Don’t worry, it’s still happening (links to Know Your Lines, which “goes behind the scenes of the largely invisible redistricting process in which politicians often get to choose their voters, instead of the other way around“):

IMG_4498According to The Economist:

[T]he champion gerrymandering comes from Illinois. Chicago has two Hispanic areas. They are in different parts of the city, but that has not discouraged the good politicians of Illinois from creating a constituency consisting of these two areas only. They lie on either side of a black part of the city like the bread of a sandwich. Worst of all is the state’s extraordinary 17th District, which is a crab. […]

Weirdly shaped districts like these are signs that a crime has been committed.

And, of course, this:

momentumUPDATE with another cartoon:


Tom Toles, Washington Post, 23 August 2011

And a piece on digital gerrymandering: “Facebook Could Decide an Election Without Anyone Ever Finding Out: The scary future of digital gerrymandering—and how to prevent it” by Jonathan Zittrain

One more UPDATE:

tySc42r What is even happening, Florida?!


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2 Responses to Gerrymandering FTW (for the win, for real)

  1. Another link: “Speak Up” archives has a post about the 2004 USA election with cartoon maps of voting patterns:

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