OK, here is something sure to offend just about everyone - stereotyping maps - you know, "The World According to Texans," or "The World According to New Yorkers," etc. Many of these pertain to one or another of the United States, or else how the United States in general views the world. I tried to get a more balanced picture, but you know, that's one of the troubles with stereotypes - they're not very balanced! So even the stereotyping maps seem to be mainly from the US perspectives. If anyone has seen other ones, please let us know! I am particularly interested in seeing a stereotyping map of the different regions of the UK. I've always been aware of how different areas of the UK look upon other areas of the UK, but now that I live here, I find it is even more pronounced than I imagined!
Stereotypes of Canadian Provinces
And, from the Canadian perspective: America is Canada's
The US according to Californians
Of course, I am posting these maps with the huge caveat that MOST Americans, Texans, New Yorkers, etc., do not think in such a simplistic way about their neighboring states or other nations in the global community, and the maps are therefore quite fictional (well, perhaps all aside from the World According to Dubya! That one may bear some semblance to reality. Only kidding, only kidding! Actually, though, I firmly believe that George W. Bush will go down in history). But the maps do poke fun at our prejudices and biases, and are meant to be more of an indictment against the viewpoint country than the country viewed. What is being ridiculed or lampooned is the ignorance of the generalizing idiot, NOT the country being generalized about.
OK, so the moral of these maps? Tribalism is alive and well in the 21st century. Stereotyping is the easy, shorthand way of dealing with the complexities of the world, but not a very effective or accurate one. However, on the bright side, it shows that the world is not a homogeneous bland place (yet!), and there are still recognized regional differences. Now if only we could stop killing each other over those differences, and just appreciate them.