New Map of North America

You know, it’s times like these that I’m particularly glad I’m Canadian. Not just because my politics lean more to the left, but because I feel I can speak my mind without fear of reprisals.

I’m not talking about out and out blacklisting or fear of personal violence, but rather a more subtle kind of avoidance.

To say this recent American election has been fractitious (is that a word? If not, it should be) would be a gentle understatement. I’ve noticed that very few of my US colleagues have ventured into the squared circle of political commentary. I assume this is for fear of losing business.

After all, these personal design blogs tend to be come-ons to potential employers. “Look how smart I am” is an underlying tone to most. Sure, if asked point blank, my brethren and I would heartily disagree. We’d argue that our blogs are nothing more than an attempt to share and bond with our peers. Yet in the darkest corners of our egos, we all feel a bit smug, don’t we?

There’s also a wariness to go on the record when it comes to controversial topics. Blogs have a life unto themselves. Unlike a conversation, a blog sticks around, and can be quoted verbatim.

The point in all of this is that as a Canadian, I don’t think I’d risk my business by publicly aligning myself with a political party (unless I wanted to do government work). I suspect though, that my American friends might think otherwise.

What do you think? I’d love to hear…

PS: for those who like the idea in the “map”: above, click “here”: to read what one of our preeminent thinkers has to say about it. Thanks to “Mark”: for the links