Although there are many noteworthy quotes in McLuhan’s text, the quote that intrigues me most is:
“The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.” -Marshall McLuhan
With new technologies, the entire world has become much more connected. No longer is something controversial happening in a small town in Africa or Asia local news, it becomes world news almost immediately. Print, Television, and Radio are no longer the only ways of communication and connecting people; social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, bring news, entertainment, and people together from across the world.
An example I created of this interdependence is the idea of Skype or Video conferencing. Let’s say that their was a meeting, such as the one found above from McLuhan’s text. If a member in this group was unable to make this meeting because they were sick or out of town, they could tune in via a video call interface, such as Skype or Facetime. This symbolizes a big paradigm shift. Being in a meeting digitally, without having an actual physical presence there!
With the digital revolution, comes an intrusion of privacy. Video communication and social networking are far from private. However, without the internet, email, and related technology, many of us would be at a loss. We rely on these mediums so much during our daily lives. Whether it be for work or for fun.
An interesting thought is the flow of digital media. If I made a post on social media, such as on facebook, generally it would only reach those who I am friends with. It would not reach anyone across the world unless I had a pre-existing social connection there. A concrete example is when I post on this blog, not many people see it . I do think there is a partially private sphere and a public sphere within digital culture.
When I think of art and the internet, the first app or platform that comes to mind is Instragram. Instragram is an app that allows for photography and short captions. Basically, this app makes it easy for anyone to look “artsy” and “cool”. I am not artsy, but this app certainly makes it look like it. It keeps track of posts in a grid-like format, and it basically organizes my best experiences in a picture timeline format.
Do my social media profiles represent who I really am in the physical world? This introduces the digital “you” and the physical “you”. My social media profiles are kept private, not because I post inappropriate things on there (I actually seldom post on social media), but entering the profession of teaching keeps me wanting a low-profile to prevent “facebook stalking” from future students and parents. Sometimes the internet can be both a blessing in terms of connecting people, but also a curse in terms of assumptions and judgements based on one’s profile.