Wk 4 -Task 3G Glossary

Wk 4 -Task 3G Glossary


The Global Village

Our world as a combined community in which is connected by modern technology  and therefore the restrictions of distance, time and isolation are increasingly reduced.

Mirzoeff mentions this “One of the products of the Cold War closed worlds was, oddly enough, the concept of the global village created by mass media ” where he explains how the effects of the war led to the creation of a singular community linked together by the ever-changing and evolving technology which enabled the wide spread of information and data.

This terminology was first associated with Marshall McLuhan who stated in his book Understanding Media (1964) “Today, after more than a century of electric technology, we have extended our central nervous system itself in a global embrace, abolishing both space and time as far as our planet is concerned.”

Closed World

This is a term that suggests how

“Metaphors, technique and fiction were just as important as weapons systems and computers in constructing the hyperbolic belief that every aspect of global life could be monitored and controlled”


The Closed World. Paul N. Edwards. Print. 1997

This term that Mirzoeff refers to is defined as the “Closed World Mirzoeff discusses this in chapter 4, “In a village, everybody knows everyone else’s business and so the global village would be the ultimate closed world.” (Mirzoeff. 146).

“Cinemaa used the train as a key metaphor for closed worlds, and made them believable” (Mirzoeff.138)

Screen Based culture

Screen based culture is exactly how it sounds, a culture based all around screen. Screen based culture also is defined by the generation that grew up and lives with the technology of screen, something that hadn’t been available before the creation and production of various forms of screens.

‘”Now what could be seen on screen had clearly transcended the capacities of human vision, putting different spaces into the same frame, over coming the limitations of time and distance”. (Mirzoeff. 146) Mirzoeff discusses the power and significance of screen as it put the restrictions of time and distance behind with the creation of something that could share moving images with an audience to showcase new things.

Works Cited

Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “Introduction”. How to See the World. London: Pelican, 2015. 31-69. Print.

McLuhan, Marshall. Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. Print. 1964

Edwards, Paul N. The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America. Cambridge, MA: MIT, 1996. Print.





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