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Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 08/17/2011

The tricky business of stereotyping D.C.

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SocialStudies, a web site affiliated with District-based LivingSocial, has taken a stab at a map of D.C. stereotypes. It’s the social-media phenomenon of the afternoon round these parts.

I can’t quarrel with a stereotype-map exercise generally, seeing as I participated in a similar venture not so long ago. But the precision leaves something to be desired. (Do I live in “Jumbo Slice,” “Gay,” or “Ethiopia”?) More distressingly, it is a little bit disappointing to see such vast swaths of the city labeled “White People” and “Marion Barry.”

Those parts of town have plenty more texture to exploit for stereotyping purposes. “Upper Caucasia” is no “Subarubia,” let me tell you. Put another way, these sort of maps are better when they teach you something about the city, rather than teach you about the people who made the map.

After the jump, some on-point tweets.

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