“When we create a fictional world, our decisions include geography, or setting, but also where and when a narrative begins and ends, who it involves and who it doesn’t, which actions and conversations are deemed worthy of inclusion and which aren’t.” (Turchi 42)
1.) When we shape a new world, our choices include the location and makeup of the location, when a story starts and finishes, who is included in it, which movements and discussions are thought to be impactful enough to be kept.
2.) Should we choose to imagine a world, we consider the details of it such as the setting but also the locations of the story in terms of where it culminates, we consider the characters of the world, and what choices are significant enough to be included.
3.) Characters, setting, story arc, and objectives/motivation must all be considered when we create fictional worlds.
“Both these examples rely on critical theory to deal with relations of power, but notice that they also have practical ends. Wood points out that if maps are powerful, that power can also be used by anybody, not just those in powerful positions.” (Crampton 20)
1.) A consistency in all the examples is the reliance of critical thinking to handle power dynamics. That being said, it is important to note that there are multiple practicalities to this. The author points out that if a map has power than the power can be harnessed by anyone.
2.) In each example, it is clear that analytical theory is necessary to evaluate the connections of power. However, observe the ways in which their ends are practical. Wood reflects that if a map contains power then anyone regardless of their individual power can use it to their means.
3.) Critical theory is necessary for both examples but is in conjunction with a practical end to each. The author presents the argument that being in a powerful position is not enough to control the map because the map itself eventually holds the power and it can then be used by anybody.
Paraphrasing the different texts allowed me to better understand the text on its own and without the weight of my preconceived notions about it. It was easier for me to detach it from the book as a whole and to think critically about what the author was saying in this one moment. While I recognize how strenuous it would be to go through an entire book in this fashion, I do recognize the benefit in stopping to dissect the text and paraphrase now and then!