Journey Of Packets: How The Internet Works

The internet is vast and complex, and most users are completely oblivious to its inner workings (which are amazing, by the way). If you find yourself in the dark, perhaps this video will help.

Created by the World Science Festival, There and Back Again: A Packet's Tale is the story of what happens each and every time you click a link or type a web address into your browser.

The sheer distances that data travels before appearing on your screen is mind-blowing. And while the video's visual representations may not be 100 per cent precise or in-depth, the picture it paints is illuminating. Maybe now you'll appreciate how hard that cat video had to work to get from your aunt's Yahoo account to your inbox. [YouTube via Boing Boing]

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