Not like I'm hardpressed or otherwise not susceptible to getting sucked down the proverbial Web black hole during the rest of the week, or anything. But Fridays truly are a time for heroic time-wasting through the countless wormholes of the 'net, right down to the dark, id-y core. At least that's what it feels like. And yet I wonder, where (which?) is the center? There seem to be lots of them running around here.
Here's where Andrew Blum, author of Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet, thinks the center of the internet is.
And that's great, if we're talking about the center of the actual, physical internet--that series of tubes in the ground. But what if we're talking about mere pages on the internet? They say it's any of these alllllll the way down.
GOOGLE (ACCORDING TO THE INTERNET MAP)
WIKIPEDIA'S "WEB PAGE" ENTRY
ZOMBO (BECAUSE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE)
"WHERE IS THE CENTER OF THE INTERNET?" ON YAHOO! ANSWERS
This post is a work in progress, and with any luck will itself gradually morph into the Center. So check back in, humans. In the meantime, here's the real question: What color is the center of the internet?
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