Magazine advertisment for Radio Corporation of America: "Freedom to Listen, Freedom to Look" Family in the kitchen, mother knitting, man smoking pipe, listening to radio, David Sarnoff, UNESCO. Appeared in "The Mechanical Bride" by Marshall McCluhan (1951). Via Wimiedia Commons.

The global village and the surveillance society

By Kurt Cobb, Resource Insights

The global village has many similarities to an actual village or small town. Fellow villagers and small town neighbors are much more likely to know about each other's personal lives (often including many of the intimate details) than those who live in a large city. As McLuhan wrote in 1962: "unless aware of this dynamic, we shall at once move into a phase of panic terrors, exactly befitting a small world of tribal drums, total interdependence, and superimposed co-existence."