A Global Village

“The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village” – McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy, 1962.

The idea of a global village paints a picture of a utopian, prosperous, peaceful, functional community that obliterates the physical borders of our world. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

But, while the instantaneous and interconnectedness network of the Western and developed world sure makes the image of a Global Village feel true… the reality of the unequal distribution of technology and globalization inhibits this to be the case.

The figurative notion of a Cyberspace and sub-cultures such as Cyberpunk in the developed world represent the transformed reality of the way we perceive the world and the cultural and social impacts of the internet in the network society paradigm.

“Despite stereotypes that cyberspace spells the `end of geography’ and promises universal, democratic entree to the electronic highways of the world economy, access to the Internet is highly unevenly distributed both socially and spatially.” – Barney Warf
The unequal distribution of such a transformative element of human society holds many implications. For the global village to be true, it needs to have a global reach.