Alex Pang, in the meantime, has been cataloging ways in which cyberspace actually manifests itself. In a series of posts, Alex has found evidence that virtual people have carbon footprints and that cyberspace has weight.
I will note, oddly that the weight of cyberspace appears to be almost the same as the alleged weight of the human soul.
A map is a manifestation of our understanding. How we understand the world is shaped, how we understand we move from place to place, how we understand Napoleon's troop losses occurred when marching to and back from Russia, etc. Cyberspace is starting to have all sorts of interesting mapping implications.
For example, if the average Second Life avatar really does use the same amount of electricity as an average resident of Brazil ... how would we map that carbon footprint? Is it by the locations of the servers (the physical location of the virtual person), by the location of the user who created the avatar (the physical location of the intent to use resources), by the impacts in transmission - charting the other avatars and players with whom that character interacts (the locations or movement of purpose), and so on...
I wouldn't mind getting my hands on some of that data and going map-happy with it.
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