Do you agree with this map?
By JAMES NYE, The Daily Mail:
General Motors and Michigan, Starbucks and Washington, Walmart and Arkansas, Apple and California.
A new map sweeping the Internet entitled the Corporate States of America lists the brands, albeit subjectively, that the creator, Steve Lovelace feels best fits each of the 50 states of the union.
The criteria for each brand were that it is still based in the state of origin and that of course is still in business as of 2012.
Basing the map on his hypothesis that as corporations and their powers grow, the influence of nation states will become increasingly irrelevant.
His belief is based on brand loyalty and how citizens of the world now think of themselves as inhabitants more of Apple or Starbucks than a country.
Some states of course are positively proud that famous brands operate out of their state - think of Louisian and Tabasco and Coca Cola and Georgia.
However, in some cases, Lovelace's chosen brands are not so obvious - such as Texas, which some might suppose would be one of the huge oil companies such as ExxonMobil.
Choosing instead the much-loved soft drink, Dr. Pepper, Lovelace feels that the brands in his Corporate States of America should not be notorious, rather best represent the state.
So, for some, Microsoft or Amazon or Boeing could be used to best represent Washington, while Target should be the standard bearer for Minnesota and not Pillsbury.
And instead of Hooters representing the Sunshine state of Florida, Darden Restaurants, home of Olive Garden and Red Lobster should be on the map.