Because people use maps far more often than they use globes. From textbooks to the internet. 2D maps are used far more often. When you keep referring to the same incorrect piece of information, you start to believe that it is true. It’s a big deal because despite these incorrect maps being known as not accurate, they are not only still used, they are still used to teach, all around the world.
No, the problem exists when you try to show a 3D sphere (earth) on a flat surface. The Earth is widest at the equator and smallest at the poles. Now image taking an ordinary piece of paper and you put the earth on it. The wide part of the equator works fine. But the narrow poles means you would have to change the shape of the paper. To allow people to stick with rectangular maps, they make the size of the poles the same size as the equator. This stretches areas closer to the poles making them appear larger than they are. A globe is also a sphere, so doesn’t suffer from this problem
And for anyone shouting, “I SAW THAT ON THE WEST WING”
Me as I’m reading this.
Response to Meet Sulu’s Husband In “Star Trek Beyond”:
Has Star Trek ever had a South Asian main cast member? The obvious point would be Khan from the original and remakes. But both times neither actor was actually South Asian.