Today, another map of the news. In the graphic below, the size of each state is proportional to the number of times it appeared in the dateline of wire-service news stories between 1994 and 1998. Notice how small all the Northwest states except Washington are in the map.
The graphic is from an article (subscription required) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on how to make such “cartograms”-maps redrawn to convey the distribution of different things. A popular synopsis of the article is here in Science News.
Thanks to Allen Puckett for this post! (Broken link corrected, thanks to Michelle Parker.)