Friday, March 11, 2011

Pass It On, Part 2: Latin America

This week we will take a look at the spread of the Battlefield315 videos across South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

YouTube is unable to collect data on French Guiana or the Falkland Islands, but the rest of South America has been reached. The majority of traffic comes from Brazil, by far the most populous country. Argentina is slightly smaller than Colombia, but provides a disproportionate number of hits...

The least traffic comes from Guyana, the country made famous by the Jonestown Kool-Aid® incident.

Moving northward to Central America, the eight mainland countries (counting Mexico) have all been reached. Mexico dwarfs the rest in both population and video traffic.

The videos have been passed along to most of the islands of the Caribbean, but not all. Aside from Puerto Rico, Jamaica has had the most hits. Traffic has been detected on familiar vacation spots (e.g. Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Caymans), perhaps from Americans on holiday. The videos have also received hits from less well-known islands, such as Saint Kitts & Nevis (independent from the UK as of 1983) and Anguilla (population 14,000).

A handful of islands have yet to be reached, including Grenada (the location of "Operation Urgent Fury" in 1983) and Montserrat (population 5,000).

Despite being the Caribbean's most populous country, Cuba has also received zero hits--at least on official Cuban IP addresses. This website has been reached from Cuba, but the videos themselves have not. The Castro regime has apparently closed off access to YouTube, but has not been blocked (yet). As we will see in future updates, other Communist countries have not been as successful in blocking access. Once Cuba is free, its numbers should lead in the Caribbean.

Next Time: Europe.

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