Civilizations — such an old-fashioned, outmoded, hierarchic concept! At least, that’s what some want us to believe. Instead of civilizations, we should pay attention to flows, dialogues, connections and the like — such ideas being so much more avant-garde, contemporary, and multicultural!
OK, what happens if we look at flows of international e-mail? Turns out that it tends to cluster into … civilizations.
“This result provides evidence towards a division of the world into civilizational blocks following Huntington’s theory,” says Bogdan State in Technology Review.
arxiv.org/abs/1303.0045: The Mesh of Civilizations and International E-mail Flows