Global village is a term, coined by Marshall McLuhan in his book The Gutenberg Galaxy, describing how electronic mass media collapse space and time barriers in human communication, enabling people to interact and live on a global scale. In this sense, the globe has been turned into a village by the electronic mass media.1
There are many people out there who equate Globalization with Americanization and it’s not difficult to understand why. From Beijing to Hyderabad to Kuala Lumpur, “development” has also gone hand in hand with a cultural shift from regional traditions to corporate culture in the form of MTV, Starbucks, and mega-malls filled with the exact same shops as mega-malls throughout the U.S.A.
The irony is that America has so little culture to begin with that I’m not really sure what we’re even spreading besides lethargy. But one thing does remain clear. Despite all the hopeful talk of:
We are, much to nationalists’ chagrin, moving toward a global society. It’ll simply happen more literally in the digital world much much quicker than it’ll ever happen in the physical
Americans are not interested in learning about other cultures while the rest of the world’s 20 and 30-somethings are intensely curious to learn everything they can of whatever 20 bands have been on TRL this year. If you disagree with me, simply look at your blogroll and count how many people on it live in another country. Then look at those blogs and see how many on their blogroll are from other countries.
This is a problem that Israeli blogger, Nir Ofir is trying to confront with Blog Day. The idea is that this coming Wednesday (the graphic with the jumping clock on the sidebar is counting down), bloggers from around the world will link to and introduce five bloggers from other countries to their regular readers. I think this is a fantastic idea. It’s like that icebreaker from junior high where you have to interview your classmate and then introduce them to everyone else. But on Blog Day you don’t have to interview anyone, just get a feel for their blog and let everyone know where they’re from and what they’re about. HP told me a couple nights ago that he’d be taking part and I’m calling out some others here, hoping that they will too. So here’s a list of people I fully expect to be linking to 5 bloggers from other countries this coming Wednesday. If you’d like to have a look around the world to see who else is blogging in English, we’ve been working our asses off at Global Voices to put together the Bridge Blog Index. And if you see anything missing, please feel more than free to add to it (and/or roll back spam if you know how).
- Elena Mary
- Eduardo Arcos
- Eduardo Ochoa
On wednesday, I’ll be putting up my five links/introductions and also five mp3’s from my favorite groups outside the US. Can’t wait to see who you guys link to.