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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:
Language
Religion
Art
Stories and mythology
Technology
Social relations (including war)
Politics
Geography (the built environment)
Economy
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:
- Technologically
- Economically
- Socially
- Informationally
During the 20th century, information and transportation technology have significantly reduced
“interaction times”
- 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
Technology
Transportation: transatlantic for example
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