So given the constant confusion around this nebulous spot it’s no wonder many technically-oriented blog sites get lost… especially those in the United States suffering from a gross misconception of world view.
Never fear: this blog is here to help.
What the world really looks like
Tradition has it that the world is flat, and supported by either elephants, a big guy named Atlas, or turtles to infinity and beyond. There are numerous problems with this theory I won’t go into; that’s why God made first-grade teachers.
As incredible as it may seem, the planet is actually round (with some bulging, flattening and irregular rooflines here and there). It looks like this:
Specifically, below we show the continental US (outlying properties Guam, Hawaii and Iraq omitted for clarity):
By comparison, this is Finland, home of the world’s most prolific cell phone generator:
Keep those images in mind.
What this means for you
The following table provides some comparison and contrast:
|Comparison/Contrast: Finland vs Rest of the World|
|Population Size||5 million||300 million|
|Perceived Major Gizmo Maker||Nokia||Apple|
|Actual Major Gizmo Maker||Nokia||Samsung|
|Perceived Major Gizmo Maker US Smartphone Market Share||-.007%||25.3%|
|Perceived Major Gizmo Maker Global Smartphone Market Share||40%||16.6%|
|Desperate for global gizmo success, as determined by amount of writers tripping over each other to provide free press||Doubtful||Obviously|
Very compelling data!
The Earth is a globe. Its large circular surface is covered by alternating water bodies and land masses. Some of those land masses are home to industrialized nations which crank out electronic gizmos for your use and discarding pleasure. Within those nations sit self-absorbed writers racing each other and their own biological clocks to deliver pungent, poignant punditry wrapped around said gizmos, striving mightily to make 15% look like 95%. In their hard-working haste, some have labored into late hours and later slept through elective classes like Geography, Finance and Logic 101.
Is there a need to mention Engadget and Gizmodo by name?
disclaimer: author is a semi-serious native US citizen who has been across the Atlantic Ocean and below the Texas border a few times and can verify that there is more land out there.