The internet is the largest city in the world

The internet is the largest place in the world. It is so densely packed and tightly interconnected that it should be thought of as a city not a country.

Over a billion webpages, billions of web searches performed per day, billions of emails. Staggering size and activity. And yet you can see virtually all of it with a few clicks on Google and go there in a second, and talk to all of it via email. So I don't think it can be thoguht of as a parallel or virtual world: it is a city. And a city like Hong Kong not like Houston. Piled high, packed tight, seething and stinking.