The New Online Imperialists

The Atlantic did a piece based on data from the Oxford Internet Institute regarding the global popularity of leading websites. The researchers mapped each country’s most popular site. The best part of the article is the presentation of the data as an “old world” style map of the globe.

Internet Map Old world

Actual military/territorial imperialism is out of fashion. But “internet imperialism” is not. Like the 15th Century Treaty of Tordesillas, which carved up the (New) World between Spain and Portugal, Google and Facebook have all but conquered the globe.

Leave a Reply