The science of cartography is well known for its biases. After all, map-makers are always influenced by the technological, social, and political contexts of the era in which they draw their maps. What this means is that virtually all maps start to look pretty funny after enough time has passed, as maps inevitably reveal as much about their makers – and that generation’s attitudes and preoccupations – as they do about the world around us. And perhaps you won’t find a better example of this phenomenon than this amazing map created by the Oxford Internet Institute, which portrays what the world looks like when based purely on each country’s respective Internet population.
In the map, which if you look close enough is actually made up of little hexagons, each hexagonal blip represents approximately 470,000 people online. While the shape and position of individual nations has been retained as much as possible, because each country has a vastly different number of Internet users, it means some countries have expanded in size significantly while others with less than 470,000 Internet users have seemingly disappeared off the face of the Earth. (No Netflix for you, Iceland! In fact, no you… at all.) Source: Here’s what the world looks like based on numbers of Internet users