24 Very Ambitious Visualizations Of The Internet

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24 Very Ambitious Visualizations Of The Internet

Ever since the very first message was exchanged between computers almost 45 years ago, people have been very imaginative when describing, or visualizing, the network of computers, routers and servers that comprises the Internet and holds the World Wide Web.

As former Alaska senator Ted Steven’s “series of tubes” comment exemplifies, we tend to get very creative when illustrating information’s digital┬áconnective tissue (Q.E.D.).

Here are some of the most well, ambitious examples we’ve found. And yes, very many of them allude to literal surfing.

By Bryce Durbin and Alexia Tsotsis.

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A Series Of Bendy Straws

Ever since the very first message was exchanged between computers almost 45 years ago, people have been very imaginative when describing, or visualizing, the network of computers, routers and servers that comprises the Internet and holds the World Wide Web.

As the late Ted Stevens’ “series of tubes” comment exemplifies, we tend to get very creative when illustrating information’s digital┬áconnective tissue (Q.E.D.).

Here are some of the most well, ambitious examples we’ve found. And yes, very many of them allude to literal surfing.

Gallery by Bryce Durbin and Alexia Tsotsis.

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@ Internet

The Internet is like a magical forcefield around the earth which you can only ride if you’re under 5 foot and own a hover-keyboard.

Scholastic, 2000

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Surfin' the Net!

The Internet is people, literally people stuck in an old PC.

PopSci for Kids, September/October 1995 via vintagecomputing.com

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To The Lighthouse

You know, just some computers floating on a tranquil ocean.

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Crashing Waves

The Internet is a tidal wave.

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SGML

Oh wow, surfing the web. Ha! I get it. So clever.

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On The Grid

Tron.

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Delivering @s To Your Desktop

I would literally soil myself if a metallic hand ever reached out of my computer like this.

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Surfing Binary

Binary, the third in our “surfing” series.

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Computers Talk To Each Other

No words.

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E-Commerce

We’ve found Satoshi.

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Online…

This ClipArt artist basically invented the iPad.

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Ride The Keyboard

Another hover-keyboard. Might want to take off your tie sir.

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Information Superhighway

The Internet is Los Angeles.

Popular Mechanics, January 1994

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Online Shopping

This is actually how Clinkle works.

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Business Connections

Jazz hands.

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Make Calls From Your PC

Zack Morris phone over IP.

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Going Global

You’ve got world mail.

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Put This In Your Eyeball

And this ClipArt artist invented the Google Contact lens.

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Why Does He Need A Flashlight?

A masked David Hackerhoff is going to steal your data!

Phreaks, Spies, and Salami Slicers via Erin Alexa

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Touch Screen PCs Are The Future

But really, how come we don’t have these yet?

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Globes, Money, Et Cetera

Whatever, let’s just throw a bunch of stuff in there.

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