Published May 17, 2023, 11:20 a.m. by Bethany
In recent years, maps have become an increasingly important tool in political discourse. With the rise of social media, maps have gone viral, becoming a means of political communication for a wide range of people and organizations.
One of the most prominent examples of this is the use of maps by anti-putin activists in Ukraine. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2014, a number of activists started using maps to raise awareness of the conflict and to rally support for the Ukrainian cause.
One of the most famous examples of this is the #SaveDonbass map, which was created by Ukrainian activist Dmytro Potekhin. The map went viral, being shared by thousands of people on social media.
The map showed the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, which were under control of Russian-backed separatists. The map was used to raise awareness of the conflict and to call on the international community to take action to support Ukraine.
Another example is the #FreeCrimea map, which was created by Ukrainian activist Oleksandr Klymenko. The map went viral, being shared by thousands of people on social media.
The map showed the territory of the Crimea region of Ukraine, which was annexed by Russia in 2014. The map was used to raise awareness of the annexation and to call on the international community to take action to support Ukraine.
Maps have also been used to rally support for other causes. For example, the #BlackLivesMatter movement has used maps to visualise police brutality and racism in the United States.
The use of maps in political discourse is likely to continue to grow in importance in the years to come.
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