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Map of the Internet (v 1.0), by Jay Simons

Student and part-time digital artist Jay Simons has created his first version of a Map of the Internet, where an attempt is made to cram in as much information as possible on most often used browsers, most often used social networks, NSA surveillance, worldwide Internet penetration, a list of Alexa's top 500 websites, a timeline Internet history, and top software companies. The base world map is done in old-world format and coloring with faux names like Sea of Archives, Ocean of Information, the country of Google and island of Bit Torrent. LinkedIn and its capital city of Hoffman (for LinkedIn's founder, Reid Hoffman) resides just south of the northern pole of Interface Ocean. When you first see the Map of the Internet, it appears to be a standard Mercator type projection of the Earth, but upon inspection you will realize it is a completely fabricated map of land masses and bodies of water. I assume the sizes of features are meant to represent the relative share of each entity's key realm.

One particularly interesting item is a counter-clockwise flowing eddy current named Garbage Patch (70° N latitude, 130° E longitude), in the midst of Business Ocean. Mr. Simons might have intended for it to imply the nature of the Internet business overall, but what came to my mind was the gigantic flotilla of refuse (known as the Pacific trash vortex) located in the Pacific Ocean. Accord to the insets (which are actual Earth maps), Internet Explorer dominates in the USA, Canada, and China, while Chrome claims most of the rest of the civilized world. Facebook owns the social media world except for in China, where their QZone dominates under Communist state control, and Russia, where VK (VKontakte) is king and also under Commie state control. The USA, Canada, western Europe, and Australia win the Internet penetration game. NSA surveillance is claimed to be highest in the Middle East, India, Brazil, and Germany, China, the USA, and Russia (Snowden-derived data?). You could download and print the map, but you can also buy it for less than $10US.

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Map of the Internet (v 1.0), by Jay Simons






Posted  February 3, 2014
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