It was Marshall McLuhan who is credited with the term “global village,” a phrase he used to explain how the world has been contracted into a village by “electric technology” and “instantaneous movement of information” (The Gutenberg Galaxy: Making of Typographic Man).
Though it now sounds like a cliché, he coined the phrase in 1962, predicting that “the computer as a research and communication instrument could enhance retrieval, obsolesce library organization, retrieve the individual’s encyclopedic function and flip into a private line to speedily tailored data of a saleable kind. “
That’s a pretty remarkable prophecy.
I was reminded of all this recently when I came across this joyful video, combining the unitive power of music and technology for a glorious effect: