“Why is the map upside down?”
I should start recording the instances and circumstances of this question. It’s usually the first thing people ask about Neocolonialism.
It really bothers some people, at a gut level. As if they saw submarines crawling down a busy city street. It’s just not The Way Things Work.
There are those who immediately launch into a deconstruction of the sociological implications of this map–that it deemphasizes the industrialized global North in favor of the impoverished South.
There are those who are very artsy and are totally unperturbed.
Surprisingly few pick up the intended message. Not that there is anything wrong with that; author intentionality only goes so far. If the upside-down map is just plain cosmic weirdness to you, than that is perfectly fine by me. But, for the purposes of clarity, this is what I wanted to say:
It’s FUNNY. It’s a JOKE.
And now you know my secret.