An insight into Marshall McLuhan's theory of "the global village", and the impacts of improving global communications networks, both good and bad.
- The term 'Global Village' was coined by Professor Marshall McLuhan in the 1960s.
- McLuhan correctly foresaw that continued improvement in electrified communication would eventually lead to instantaneous interaction across the globe.
- The development of a homogenous global society and culture has some negative impacts.
- Cities worldwide are losing their unique qualities and half the world's mother tongues are predicted to disappear in the next century.
The small size of a typical village makes it easy for inhabitants to interact.
Prof Marshall McLuhan,
Educator and philosopher
In the 1960s, Canadian intellectual Marshall McLuhan used this concept in his writing.
Seeing fundamental changes in the world, and in the way we interact, he suggested it was becoming a 'global village'.
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