Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Map of the Day

From the wizards at MIT, here's a map of national communities based on text-message interaction between people:


There's also an outstanding interactive feature where you can enter your place of residence and see  county to county social interactions based on total call minutes or text message volume.

Steve Clowney

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One small observation on how deeply those maps are rooted in the past.

If you look at the counties on the border of West Virginia that have text message ties to West Virginia and compare that to the percentage of the population that was comprised as slaves in each county on the map that was used in the early days of the Civil War to justify West Virginia's separation from Virginia, you will find that the counties tied today to West Virginia are the same counties that has low percentages of slave population comparable to that of West Virginia counties which were nevertheless not severed from the State of Virginia.

I am quite surprised, however, to see Las Vegas more closely tied to Salt Lake City, Provo and Boise than to Los Angeles.

Posted by: ohwilleke | Jul 20, 2011 11:18:06 AM

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