Show Me Your Internet!

In March 2016, I was on a mission to find the internet. 

"Where do you truly believe your internet comes from?" This was a question I asked some people in my West End Toronto community. The point was not to find the 'right' answer, but to see if people actually knew where their source of the internet was - or could give me their best guess. Nowadays, the internet is something we take for granted. We automatically assume everywhere we go we will have access to WiFi or at least a data connection. But where do these signals actually come from? Where do those chords in our houses actually lead to? To many people, the internet can feel like a magical thing that resides in cyberspace, just data and codes floating around until they find our computers. Since the internet is something that practically everyone uses on a daily basis, I feel like we should know more about it's actual physical source. Like, what even is The Cloud? 

Joanne believes that her internet comes from the phone connection in her kitchen. 

Eva believes her internet comes from the cables in her husband's office. 

Ariana believes her internet comes from the internet router in her dorm room. 

Tina believes that her internet goes through her walls, and that the main source of WiFi is her kitchen ceiling. 

Greg wanted his internet to come from a disco ball, but changed his mind to the router in his basement. 

Dylan believes his internet comes from the router in his Dad's office. 

May believes her internet comes from heaven. 

Sheridan's internet isn't working right now, but she believes it once came from these cables that are now sitting in her bedroom. 

Carrie believes her internet comes from the router in her dining room. 

Chris believes his internet comes from the internet router in his office. 

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