This year’s AAG was good for a number of things, one of which was debating how much “art” is influencing the bulk of maps on the web. If traditional (manuscript) maps reside at the intersection of art and science, here is where I see web maps… for today, anyway.
A day later, I’m thinking something a bit more like this (for the historical perspective):
Addendum: I have received a bit of criticism regarding the clarity of these graphs. So, I have to point out that I have created them to be intentionally cryptic, as I believe these relationships to be unknowable beyond a vague idea or notion.