Friday, April 12, 2013

Thoughts on the New technology and privacy in the "Global Village"

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When I was a child, back in the 1950s, I spent many a summer in my grandmother's tiny village about 1/2 hour's drive from Hannibal Missouri on the Illinois side of the Big Muddy.
Neighbors would come into your house without knocking... they'd suddenly be there without any warning... there was no privacy and you had to be very careful what you were seen doing and what you said to anyone about anything... in no time at all all your doings and sayings would be all over town. The telephone was even a "party line", so there was no privacy there either....
We seem to be recreating this scenario with the new technology.
Is this what Marshall McLuhan meant by the "Global Village"?

... Complete with global "old wives"? DS

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