"The new electronic interdependence recreates
the world in the image of a global village."
-Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy
The term global village has been used to express the
idea that people throughout the world are interconnected through
the use of new media technologies. The term was coined in the
early 1960s by Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan, who
was writing about the newer technologies of his day, such as
radio and television.
Today, the Web is often seen as the medium that most closely
joins people throughout the globe, allowing anyone with an Internet
connection to know what is going on around the world with the
click of a mouse -- and to communicate with individuals and
groups of people in far away places.