Mapping the unmappable

This pretty incredible project has created beautiful visual representations of an unmappable space, namely THE MIGHTY INTERNET.

Opte map


I highly recommend the history page, where the project’s Genesis and aims are discussed, of particular interest is this quote from the project’s creator:

“Mapping the Internet weekly will allow us to see major disasters in different parts of the world. The Internet is a huge disasters sensor. If I had maps of pre-war Iraq and then compared them to today, one could see how badly Iraq was destroyed. The idea of a metaphysical representation of the real world is very interesting to me.”

Think about it! The notion of the internet as something that reacts to the world, that shows where disasters are happening as it contracts around physical locations, headless of specific human intervention. It’s pretty exciting… or do I mean frightening?


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