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LECTURE 2 – Culture
Culture can be described as the accumulated efforts of a distinct group of people.
Culture can be seen in the creation, use and remains of:
Stories and mythology
Social relations (including war)
Geography (the built environment)
The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.
- Marshall McLuhan (1962)
The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man P.43
As McLuhan predicted, the world is increasingly interconnected in many significant ways:
During the 20th century, information and transportation technology have significantly reduced
- Until mid 1800s all distance communication was by mail and depended on the speed with which
it could be physically delivered
- 1st practical telegraph 1844
- 1st (successful) transatlantic communications cable 1866
- 1st transatlantic radio communication 1901
Transportation: transatlantic for example