Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A million points of light, someplace 

I find this video fascinating, compressing a 24-hour day of air travel into one minute. Note how the traffic changes as the sun moves across the globe. Note as well how few planes are noticeable flying over Africa. Indeed, look again at this map from Thomas Barnett's The Pentagon's New Map. (I thought of this while listening to his interview with Hugh tonight on my iPod; the above video was sent to me this morning by a friend.) Air service is another part of the non-integrating gap he defines:

I wonder if Barnett's book has ever made it into an economics of developing countries course? �I just grabbed the new book last week, and will have to get it to the top of the pile.

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