Internetromics Report


Who is benefiting the most from the internet right now? Is it a group of infrastructure tycoons or corporations? Silicon Valley tech firms like Google and Yahoo? Is it the public that gains access through public institutions? Is it young students and elderly and the homeless? Or is it the middle class, who have access to the cutting edge of the technology, and who have the education and upbringing to make more use of it?



Where red is some two-dimensional quality of personal human fortune,


Fortune versus Potential



and A B and C are points along the line of percentage of personal human fortune potential (something like ability + resources, or natural + circumstantial), A being not very fortunate C completely fortunate and B is the minimum amount of fortune required to get ‘the most’ out of the internet – where the value of the potential meets and overtakes the line Lmax. Any more fortunate and you spend it buying a huge “gaming rig” or in playing Second Life or something else that generates less and less return.

So it is this segment of the population between B and C that is benefiting the most – at least for now anyways, for as technology becomes more or less available Lmax would move down or up, respectively.


5 Responses to “Internetromics Report”

  1. 1 Luckycloud
    January 13, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I read somewhere (in one of those crazy posthumanism books) that the claims to the ubiquity of the internet are grossly overstated, considering the huge percentage (a safe majority, to put it lightly) of people who don’t even have access to the internet. Whereas above the Lmax line it seems that maybe people would be spending their time doing something else, the size of those who would be better served spending their money on running water or smuggling themselves out of their country under siege seems misrepresented by this graph. This graph, then, seems to represent, already, a small subset of the “more fortunate” part of the population.

    Plus, you don’t need to be fortunate to spend money you don’t have on playing second life, WoW, or just buying enormous speakers for your XBox.

  2. 2 johuat
    January 13, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    I thought I had kept things vague enough (no numbers or real descriptions) but your point is noted and I’ll try harder next time.

    I would argue however that you are at least somewhat fortunate if you can spend money you have (or don’t have) doing the things you listed (in your last sentence).

  3. 3 butttub
    January 14, 2009 at 12:50 am

    nice graph

  4. 4 Luckycloud
    January 14, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Yeah you better try harder next time. We’re not so much mad as disappointed.

    I mean, I suppose you did keep it vague enough, I just wanted to note the large portion of people who show up below the graph. And you’re totally right about that last thing.

    Also, your understanding of math clearly eclipses mine. I had to read your description 3 or 4 times before I understood what the graph meant.

  5. 5 Luckycloud
    January 14, 2009 at 1:38 am

    I’ve often wondered this myself, though I haven’t had the know-how to do anything about it.

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