If you weren’t sure America’s schools are turning out a whole lot of people of, shall we say, uneducated potential – well, dither no more. Certainty can be yours.
A fantasy map of North America, posted in a Reddit forum on 6 August, has taken Facebook by storm – and with it, the impressionable minds of hundreds of thousands of Facebook members.
The original map was an exercise in projecting what North America might look like in 2015 if there had been no colonization by Europeans. As the comments at Reddit indicate, the original map made quite a number of, um, uneducated errors. But the important point for now is that the map never purported to reflect any kind of historical reality (and it didn’t). It was an essay in alternative-history imagination.