April 2, 2008

The Internet and American Interests blog

While surfing idly I came across an interesting post at the neo-neocon site that motivated me to post an offshoot in relation to this blog. I too, when viewing my site meter am astounded to note the far-reaching scope and geographic’s of my visitors. One knows too well the reach of the World Wide Web, but viewed so graphically, in the form of such a colorful pie chart, it seems to take on a larger dimension, and clearly demonstrates the amazing power of the internet even with a small blog such as American Interests.


American Interests.blog
Country Share

As of December 30, 2007, 1.319 billion people use the Internet and it has been asserted, that the medium has become a fundamental feature of global civilization, uniting us in ways unimaginable only recently. As a youngster, I fondly recall being fascinated by such unsophisticated luxuries as short wave radio, or like when my late father would wake me in the early hours to watch World Cup soccer, and seeing the words, “live via Satellite” in the corner of the TV.


Source: www.internetworldstats.com

It hasn't escaped me that 13% of my visitors are from India, Canada and the United Kingdom, although I'd never know from my commenters', so if you're from these nations, don't be shy now, hit that comment link...

Finally, here is something we should all ponder. While the above representation shows that internet penetration within the Asian population stands at only 13.7%, in terms of raw numbers, Asians account for over 38% of world internet users compared to only 18% for North America. A potent illustration of the burgeoning influence and power of Asia.

Comments welcome...

31 comments:

Karen said...

Pondering is always good! HA! Our world is a much smaller place now thanks to the Internet.

Layla Gonzalez said...

Otto this was a very informative post and as Karen points out the Internet has made this a much smaller world.

I do a lot of online shopping, but I still will not order out of China. My blog is banned in China so what does that say to all this? Internet usage may be up and growing in China, but it is definitely censored.

WomanHonorThyself said...

see?..youre famous worldwide Otto!..lol

American Interests.blog said...

Karen: Thanx

Layla: I do not know for sure but would not be surprised to learn that this site is also banned in China ... thanx for stopping by...

American Interests.blog said...

Angel: Ah, but not nearly as famous as you! lol

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

I have a map in the upper left sidebar on my site. When ckicked on it gives a detailed expanded version of where the hits are coming from.

I was amazed when I discovered how may countries and the consentration of hits from those countries. I was also surprised as to how many return visits from those same countries continue each day.

It truly is a small world isn't it. Hey if not for the internet we would never have, "met, " from opposite sides of the globe!

Jungle Mom said...

I find it amazing that people read my blog at all, but some translate it to other languages. Very interesting to see my blog in Persian.

Debbie said...

I remember when I first started Right Truth, I was amazed at the information on Site Meter. People from all over the world reading my thoughts and articles. It is mind boggling. Makes me feel small, and the responsibility could be overwhelming.

Debbie Hamilton
Right Truth

Elaine said...

Wow 61% Americans, it is interesting to see where all our visitors come from. Your blog has a good following.

American Interests.blog said...

The Liberal Lie the Conservative Truth: The return visits are consistent here as well. Goes to show how many readers though most do not comment.

Jungle Mom: In Persian? Now that would be a site...

American Interests.blog said...

Debbie: I recall the first days, weeks and months as well. Be a year this month, quite soon actually. There is a sense of responsibilty isn't there...

Elaine: Hiya there and how are you? Thanks for coming by, I'll pay a return visit real soon...

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

Thanks for this look at an important part of the global culture.

I'm very hopeful about what the Internet is doing to local and regional cultures, as well as the emerging world-wide culture.

There are problems, of course. Terrorists are using information technology to communicate rapidly and efficiently. Radical groups of all stripes are getting attention that they couldn't have, a few decades ago. Although that last isn't an entirely bad thing. Starting from the old adage, 'the best way to show that an order is stupid is to follow it,' I think one of the best ways to combat a stupid idea is to let people see it clearly. I'm pretty sure that someone will come up with an exception to this - never mind.

About Internet penetration in Asia: China has, historically, been a major world power. The stumbling giant we see today is not the 'real' China: it's arguable that we're seeing China sort itself out, until the equivalent of a warlord succeeds in both grabbing the reins of power - and using them effectively enough to prevent another from toppling him, or his successor.

The current communist regime may succeed in providing a workable alternative to the existing system of influence and bribery - and reverse their attempts to destroy one of China's most valuable resource: its people. It's been argued that there's an underlying ethnic conflict involved there, but that's another topic.

Back to the Internet, I think that China, and all repressive regimes, are doing great harm to their countries, by trying to keep their subjects isolated.

The 'marketplace of ideas' on the Internet is a frightening place for many people who have been accustomed to living in isolated cultures.

But the opportunity to get reality checks, from people who don't share your set of assumptions, should lead to stronger and more reasonable ideas.

I'm afraid that China and other countries that reject the Information Age are in danger of becoming like those pockets of humanity that didn't participate in the Industrial Revolution.

David Schantz said...

I havn't checked in a long time but I remember wondering why someone in another country would be checking me out. But then I'm checking too. What a smallworld.

God Bless America. God Save The Republic.

GrEaT sAtAn'S gIrLfRiEnD said...

Hey there Otto! Yeah - when I first got mine - I about fell over - I had no idea. There is also a really cool place called 'who links to me' that will boost your ego a bit too.

http://wholinkstome.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Famericasinterests.blogspot.com%2F

American Interests.blog said...

Brian: Excellent analysis, a post unto itself...Correct your are; any regime that suppresses the new age will shoot itself in the foot...

David: Glad to see you here, I'll be over to yours soon..

God Bless America. God Save The Republic.

American Interests.blog said...

Great Satan's Girl: Thanks for the link...

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Otto, I have posted the Blog of the Month spotlight for American Interests and am proud to once again spotlight your excellent sight my friend!

As always t your views and support for my home are appreciated and I thnak you for your great work for conservatism and liberty!

Jeff said...

I am definitely part of that U.S. share Otto.

American Interests.blog said...

The Liberal Lie the Conservative Truth: That's very kind of you, thanks Ken...

Jeff: Glad your part of the mix...

Incognito said...

lots of people just like to read and not comment...

interesting, though. this is a small world we live in... esp. now.

Z said...

Scares me to think of electricity going down and the connections being suddenly broken, but I'm not usually that pessimistic!

otto, I'm glad to be a very small part of your biggest piece of the pie! And, the best part of blogging is the people one meets, isn't it? The sitemeter is interesting. To consider someone in France or India's reading something I wrote that day is pretty wild!

Aurora said...

Otto, it's amazing when you think of it, isn't it?
Right now, we have this window of opportunity that we never had even six or seven years ago to act as an alternative to the mainstream media and the message is getting out there.

Gayle said...

I came over here via the link that Ken left on his blog.

I doubt seriously that your blog is banned in China. Well, maybe it is and perhaps there is someone in China breaking the rules, or perhaps it's someone in the Chinese government itself. I clicked on the map and had it show my last 500 visitors. There is one lone visitor from China... just one in that huge country!

American Interests.blog said...

Incognito: Agreed, not all visitors comment, some just happy to read...

z: I'm glad you are part of that pie z ...

American Interests.blog said...

Aurora: You make a good point, we are a very important alternative to MSM and it's vital that we realize the contribution we make...

Gayle:
http://gaylesliberallunacy.blogspot.com/

Welcome to AI
Hello gayle and thanks for the visit. Just one visit from such a huge nation with over a billion residents???
I'll be over to check out Liberal Lunacy real soon...

Flag Gazer said...

It is good that you know that even if comments are not left - people are coming and reading this most worthwhile and interesting blog!

The Historian said...

Otto-

You speak to the power of blogging. This trend is one of the reasons why the print media and the traditional TV networks have been continually losing market share.

The new media, of which blogs are a part, has taken over the marketplace. Powerful stuff!

American Interests.blog said...

Flag Gazer: Thank you very much!

The Historian: Old to new media means better, more informed news and analyisis; everyone benefits.

MK said...

Yeah a lot of folks like to just read and not say anything, that's cool, but it's nice to see such varied readership, from places one seldom thinks about or even knows much about.

American Interests.blog said...

MK: Appreciate your coming by, be over to your site soon...

Beaman said...

So few hits from the UK. We're (as in British) are usually the second or third largest contingent behind the US on English language blogs.