Infographic: How to Explain the Internet to a 19th-Century Street Urchin

All you need is this giant flowchart. (And a time machine.)

Infographic: How to Explain the Internet to a 19th-Century Street Urchin

Do you know how the internet really works — how you’re able to read this article on a magical glowing rectangle attached to a keyboard? Neither do we. But if you ever have to explain the inner workings of the web to someone even less informed — say, a homeless orphan from the 1800s — you can now feign understanding, thanks to this handy cheat sheet created by flowchart guru Doogie Horner.

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If you liked this chart, Horner has a whole book of them which comes out next week.

[Read more at Fast Company]

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John Pavlus is a writer and filmmaker focusing on science, tech, and design topics. His writing has appeared in Wired, New York, Scientific American, Technology Review, BBC Future, and other outlets.

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