To address the question 'Is the world really becoming a global village' this paper will firstly deal with the term "Global Village", and the different interpretations of this contemporary concept. Then, through reflecting on the recent advancements in modern technology, consideration will be given to how this has affected media and communication, the tourist industry, economy, international crime, and trade. Finally, the paper will discuss different social, political, religious, and ethnic worldviews, and the challenges that are presented to mankind through recent technologic advances.
"Postliterate man's electronic media contract the world to a village or tribe where everything happens to everyone at the same time: everyone knows about, and therefore participates in, everything that is happening the minute it happens. Television gives this quality of simultaneity to events in the global village" (Edmund Carpenter, Marshall McLuhan, Explorations in Communication: An Anthology, 1960).
That the world has experienced a technical revolution, and continues to do so, few would question. Technological progress, especially during the past thirty years, has changed both our world-view and our way of living, as time and distance has become almost a thing of the past. Technical advances, similar to those portrayed in science-fiction films or novels, have revolutionized the life styles of millions of people across the globe and seemingly shrunk our planet.
The buzz word that accompanies this technological explosion is "globalization" or, "global village". According to the New Oxford Dictionary, the word global means of, or relating to, and the world village signifies "a self-contained district or community. In this form, therefore, the expression is being used to describe a world that appears to be so much smaller today, due to the fact that the planet's different people groups are able to communicate on a level never before seen in the history of the human race.
Today we can shop world-wide; we can work from home for a company on the other side of the world; we can know what is happening throughout the globe almost instantaneously; we can learn, research, and study any given subject; we can conduct business on an international level, and we can chat with those from different cultures. Modern advancements in satellite technology have meant cell phones, international television, and cyberspace - to name just a few. This incredible advancement in technology has meant huge changes in the way we perceive the world and others - apparently helping us to break down misunderstanding and fear of unknown cultures and religions and, therefore, leading us towards a one world order.
But does all of this really mean that we're becoming, or have already become, a global village Does advancement in modern technology necessarily mean that we are becoming a community of people Has, or even can, technology bring countries of different races, belief systems, political structures, and laws, together as a world community
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