Perhaps if McLuhan had been around long enough to appreciate then he may have at least re-thought his theory. Without content the internet is nothing.

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Global village:

Modern communications technology (from the telegraph and the newspaper and the telephone to radio and television) has connected people. Technology connects individuals and societies. Information can be transmitted instantaneously. Like a village in which little that is important remains private, the lives of individuals and societies are made known to other nations by way of enhanced communications. Modern man and the modern nation-state are connected to other men and other nation-states like the residents of a small town. For McLuhan, print, as an experience, tended to be individual and often thought-provoking; electronic media were tribal and visceral, relating more to the feelings. He understood that television was radically new. It was instant and created global village. In current internet age, the global village theory is much more visible. The human family now exists under conditions of a global village. We live in a single constricted space. No longer can any place or any person be isolated. The increasing globalization of information has of course some bad consequences for the future of the society. Violence is being enhanced and transformed through the global village. The Internet is becoming a very violent place. The technology is driven by thrill-kill games of ever greater sophistication, and the pornography is becoming readily available and crucial element of advertisements. As a person who strongly opposed to the unholy unity of advertising and sexual desire, I think McLuhan would be very upset to see the facts of current information society shaped by his theories. Probably he would feel even worse, if he had known that some international MBA’s are using pornography web pages to explain his theories. McLuhan Essay - Daniel Hall