global village : Java Glossary
- global village
Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase global village to refer
to the way modern transportation and communications were making the world ever more
interconnected. We can no longer ignore what happens on the other side of the planet.
Everything affects everything else.
Radio, TV and the Internet are bringing news, information and education to even
the remotest parts of the world. No matter where you live, you can fully participate
in forming the Internet discussion consensus.
However, much of this interconnectedness is distressing:
- Insect pests in one part of the world are spreading to the entire world.
- Foreign plants displace native species.
- Introduced animal species such as zebra mussels, rats, goats or snakes play
havoc with fragile ecosystems.
- The world is a highly competitive global labour market. Outsourcing has
depressed wages in North America and throughout the world. Multinational
oligarchies are able to exploit weekly organised labour.
- Computer programmers in North America, once highly paid, now compete on almost
equal footing with people living in India who have a much lower cost of
- Countries compete for multinational business with weaker labour and
environmental protection laws.
- It is unsound to waste precious oil shipping goods around the planet that could
just as easily have been created locally.
A high school friend,
Dr. Heather Hudson, who is a professor at the University of San Francisco has written
a book on the effect of telecommunications on the third world.
Book referral for From Rural Village to Global Village: Telecommunications for Development in the Information Age
||recommend book⇒From Rural Village to Global Village: Telecommunications for Development in the Information Age|
||Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
|It is about the social policies surrounding access to telecommunications in rural and third world countries. It discusses the effect of the digital divide between have and have-not.|
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