Web 2.0 Meets International Relations

The internet allows for the creation of a lot of content that walks the line between "cool" and "dumb." For example, the PostGlobal Power Baromete from my good friends at WashingtonPost/NewsweekInteractive:


I've done this up just as a static image. On their actual page you can click where it says "supporting data" and find some supporting data. It's not clear, though, that the data is actually "data" at all, as opposed to just commentary. If the feature ever really took off, you might get a lot of people writing "wow! China's skyrocketing in the PostGlobal Power Barometer" which, in turn, would lead their rankings to go up even higher.