global village


Definition of global village

: the world viewed as a community in which distance and isolation have been dramatically reduced by electronic media (such as television and the Internet)

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The term global village is closely associated with Herbert Marshall McLuhan, the Canadian communications theorist and literature professor hailed by many as a prophet for the 20th century. McLuhan's mantra, "the medium is the message," summarized his view of the influence of television, computers, and other electronic information sources in shaping society and modern life. By 1960, he had delineated his concept of the "global village," and by 1970, the public had embraced the term and recognized the idea as both exhilarating and frightening. As a 1970 Saturday Review article noted, "There are no boundaries in a global village. All problems will become so intimate as to be one's own...."

Examples of global village in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Han knows this territory intimately: a car-culture web of roads, home to a global village, attracting immigrants from near and far, changing a one-time farm town into a multilingual metropolis. Dallas News, "Danger lurks everywhere in ‘Nights When Nothing Happened’ — even in Plano," 12 Nov. 2020 Censorship laws will mean another set of walls dividing the global village. The Economist, "Countries are increasingly willing to censor speech online," 7 Nov. 2019 Here nonprofits work together to assist a working class global village of immigrant and refugee families who speak about two dozen languages. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "In times of coronavirus, this free pharmacy doesn’t stop," 8 Apr. 2020 In today’s global village, an outbreak anywhere has the potential to travel everywhere. Howard Markel, Wired, "With Covid-19, Tech Is Making History Repeat Itself," 4 Mar. 2020 The peoples of the world have seen the movement of globalization nurture in them this common dream of seeing the Earth become a genuine global village. San Diego Union-Tribune, "They said it: Leaders at the UN, in their own words," 25 Sep. 2019 Images that showed the transition from lights-on to the dramatic total blackout in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria last September brought home the fallacy of the global village. Giovanna Dunmall, Curbed, "At Venice Architecture Biennale, U.S. pavilion tackles borders and citizenship," 31 May 2018 Technology could make the global village feel more like a fearful, distrusting swamp. The Economist, "A faked video of Donald Trump points to a worrying future," 24 May 2018 Facebook, an agile private company, seemed poised to usher in the global village in a way that the United States, a lugubrious republic, never could. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "Facebook's Ideological Imperialism," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of global village

1959, in the meaning defined above

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“Global village.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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: the world seen as a community in which people are connected by computers, television, etc., and all depend on one another

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