[ok, this is seriously the last post I do about/with xkcd. It is just so cool! I will be moving on soon.]
This is a fascinating set of graphical representations of the internet/blogosphere. They remind me a bit of what I have seen of Edward Tufte‘s work. As someone with a love of metaphors, and a significant interest in explaining technology to non-initiates, images like these might be helpful. Or their in-jokes to thick to make any sense to non-initiates. It’s hard to tell!
“The invention of a tool doesn’t create change; it has to have been around long enough that most of society is using it. It’s when a technology becomes normal, then ubiquitous, and finally so pervasive as to be invisible that the really profound changes happen, and for young people today, our new social tools have passed normal and are heading to ubiquitous, and invisible is coming.” Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody