Transport and Communication Has Made World a Global Village

Powerful Essays
FEATURE: GLOBALIZATION

OUR GLOBAL VILL AGE:
Prospects for Globalization and National Borders
Q I N G G U O J I A , ASSOCIATE DEAN & PROFESSOR OF THE SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, PEKING UNIVERSIT Y

A S T H E W O R L D B E G I N S A N E W C E N T U R Y, some aspects of international politics are experiencing rapid changes amidst other more rigid aspects which refuse change. Two concepts may best capture the nature and scope of this simultaneous static yet fluid state: namely, globalization and national borders. Globalization is currently a fashionable topic—some laud it, claiming that it is the path to peace, prosperity and progress. Others abhor it, attributing to it many evils in world affairs including polarization, environmental destruction, cultural degradation, and so forth. The showdown surrounding the WTO gathering in Seattle last November highlights the intensity of the conflict. In contrast to globalization, the concept of national borders gets less and less attention. Technological progress, especially the Internet, has brought people closer together. International and domestic concerns are becoming increasingly intertwined. Under these circumstances, national borders have lost their previous significance and national sovereignty is becoming both anachronistic and a less valid excuse for idiosyncratic rule within national borders. Such a view is premised upon the assumption that we are indeed in an age of comprehensive globalization. Close examination of the assumption, however, reveals that it is a very misleading one. The truth is, the current incarnation is at most a partial and uneven globalization; national borders are as relevant as they have ever been since their formation. Unless we fully appreciate this, our understanding of international politics will remain inadequate.

A TREND OF THE TIMES Proponents of globalization argue that increasing technological innovations in communication and transportation have brought the world closer together

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Satisfactory Essays

    COMPUTER HAS MADE THE WORLD A GLOBAL VILLAGE IN THE SENSE THAT. FIRST OF ALL WE DEFINE WHAT COMPUTER IS ALL ABOUT What is a Computer? A computer is a programmable machine. The two principal characteristics of a computer are: it responds to a specific set of instructions in a well-defined manner and it can execute a prerecorded list of instructions (a program). Global Village is a term closely associated with Marshall McLuhan, popularized in his books The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic…

    • 884 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    of travel and communication have turned the world into a global village. They have helped man in conquering time and space; nations of the world have come much closer to one another as a result of these wonderful achievements. Now the people of the world feel far more close to one another than in the past, however, separated by vast distances. These scientific and technological developments have almost revolutionised the life. Let us have a look at what kind of global village it is. What similarities…

    • 787 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Global Village

    • 692 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Global Village Today the term global village is common the world becomes approximate day after day via technology which has been making our life style faster. The relationship with each other more consolidated. Also, an industry deems one of the important reasons to make the world become a small village. Although a existence of many agents to make the world as a small village, I believe there are three main reasons of that. The first and most important reason that helps the world to become…

    • 692 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Global Village

    • 2059 Words
    • 9 Pages

    Global Village is a term closely associated with Marshall McLuhan,[1] popularized in his books The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man (1962) and Understanding Media (1964). McLuhan describes how the globe has been contracted into a village by electric technology[2] and the instantaneous movement of information from every quarter to every point at the same time [3]. In bringing all social and political functions together in a sudden implosion, electric speed has heightened human awareness…

    • 2059 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    Global Village

    • 748 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Global Village Draft Having media and technology accessible on demand 24/7, 365 days of the year means information spreads across the globe within minutes. Communication has never been so easy.Countries are no longer isolated units functioning on their own, but instead, are like discrete families within a small, closely knit community. Nick Enright’s play “A Man with Five Children” and the BBC documentary “ How Facebook Changed The World: The Arab Spring” are both examples of how technology and…

    • 748 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    global village

    • 2178 Words
    • 9 Pages

    Mediated Communication November 2004 Marshall Mcluhan’s Global Village and its relevance in today’s society Nicholas Jones 1960’s America was a time of challenging authority and established conventions. It was into this era that a Professor of Media studies at Toronto University rose to media personality status. Marshall Mcluhan is famous for introducing society to catchy aphorisms such as “the medium is the message”. Although his theories have always been contested, they were…

    • 2178 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    Global Village

    • 558 Words
    • 3 Pages

    what is meant by Global Village. The late Marshal McLuhan, a media and communication theorist, coined the term, “global village” in 1964 to describe the phenomenon of the world’s culture shrinking and expanding at the same time due to pervasive technological advances that allow for instantaneous sharing of culture (Harris 2007). The term itself simple suggest that a global village refers to the act of virtually transforming the world into a village. This implies a hypothetical…

    • 558 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Best Essays

    Global Village

    • 2459 Words
    • 7 Pages

    another is called communication. The world is becoming a small-intersected community for the rapid changes in technology, expansion of multinational business or activities, transportation and immigration. The sustainability of global economy largely depends on the multinational business or other activities. Therefore, it is essential to communicate effectively among the people from different cultures, nations and groups. But cultural differences stand as barrier for effective communication. Informal understandings…

    • 2459 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Best Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    A Global Village

    • 1894 Words
    • 8 Pages

    "the global village" to describe our world. What is a village? "A small community where everyone knows each other" springs to mind. Perhaps the thought that each person in the community helps the village to survive and so everyone is dependent on each other applies. These are good descriptions of a village but could we say this about our world? Physically our world is enormous. How can we all be connected to each other? In the last century, better transportation and communication have allowed…

    • 1894 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    Global Village

    • 2152 Words
    • 9 Pages

    clearer and faster than I can. Technology, particularly computer technology has permeated daily life for Americans. And the speed at which it develops and grows is exponential. Technology has changed the way we live our lives and the way that we relate to one another, in our families, in classrooms and around the globe. The world we live in is intricately connected in a sometimes shocking way. But this shrinking world idea is nothing new. It’s defiantly more apparent these days, and a little disturbing…

    • 2152 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Good Essays