A term popularized by Marshall McLuhan, long before the appearance of the World Wide Web (1962), for a world that has been shrunk by communication technologies, trade and transport systems so that news and information spreads rapidly across the planet. Those with direct access to such technologies feel more interconnected and live more interdependently as if they were members of the same community.
Chandler, Daniel–Munday, Rod (2011): A Dictionary of Media and Communication. Oxford University Press. Oxford. 176. p. See the Online Edition
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