It's Not Only What You Inform - It's Also Where
You Do It:
The Location of Production, Consumption and Contents
of Web Information
paper aims at an initial addressing of questions of location of
supply and demand for web information, and at a discussion of possible
interrelationships between location and contents. Three questions
are discussed. First, is global web information produced in a completely
location footloose pattern? Second, is there a relationship between
centers of information production and leading areas of consumption?
Third, is there any relationship between the location factors of
web information production, on the one hand, and contents of web
information, on the other? Crude measures of information production
in U.S. cities show a concentration in New York, San Francisco,
and Los Angeles. Leading areas of consumption include the Silicon
Valley and various other areas of high-tech industries and universities.
Information on the web is most varied, led by scientific/educational
sites and sex-related ones. The specialization of urban centers
of website production in finances has not led to high percentages
of such sites on the web. Web information production is an independent
industry driven by global demand, enjoying the expertise and experience
of the hosting cities in multimedia and telecommunications. These
elements may assist the centers of web production in the future
in keeping at least qualitative leadership.
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