Mapping – again

Josh Greenstein

Coming into class for week 5 I was excited to actually find out what this subject would eventually become. Would I be creating the posters I had heard so much about? Would we finally be able to dive into the problem, rather than just mapping it? After doing the data scraping workshop and finding out how to properly use the internet to collect interesting and relevant data, I was disappointed to see that it was yet another mapping exercise.

The mapping exercise from week 5 seemed very similar to that from week 4. And week 3. And even week 2. For this exercise, I was creating a map with fellow ‘issue-mates’ Luke Darcy and Gene Alberts. Below is the resultant map, including vivid life-like illustrations.


As has been the case with the other maps created for this exact subject, one man held the pen and others yelled buzzwords at him to get him to write it down. Luke started with the pen but thanks to my ADD, I took over and wrote any word that came to my head. By collaborating on the map we were all able to yell at each other to get a greater understanding on the individual actors. For example, I just wrote down ‘media’ but it was Luke and Gene that told me to delve deeper, marking down specific newspapers and any bias that may be associated with that newspaper.

It was good to do this exercise because it allowed me to see the overall landscape of the issue. Sure, there are a bunch of specific drivers and actors that make this issue a real problem for Australians, but what does it mean in the long run? How are Australians going to be able to afford houses? Everyone needs houses, and this issue isn’t going anywhere. It was from this that I was able to really focus in on that statement. Australians aren’t going to be able to afford to live in Australia.