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Another Cool Map of the US

February 11, 2010

Socalistan?

A California Watch article pointed me to this map by Pete Warden composed by connections between friends on public Facebook profiles. It’s really interesting to see the clusters that emerge, though they are perhaps less than surprising, but I have two problems with the map. For one, I hope that my information hasn’t been accessed by this guy, which I’m assuming it hasn’t because my profile isn’t public as far as I know. I’m sure he’s nice and all but that information should be private, in my view. Secondly, Socalistan? The name would be redundant, meaning “the place of Socal.” The suffix -stan or -istan is commonly used along with the name of an ethnic group and, considering that California is a minority-majority state, a better name would be Diversistan (although that wouldn’t work perfectly either).

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