Globalization is generally accepted as the unprecedented flow of news, Technology, Ideas and Images.
Graham Miekle used the short time we had this week (due to a look at essay writing – Semi colons for two closely linked but separate sentences and paraphrasing is ok!) to discuss what quite possibly opened the world up to globalisation first, the invention of the telegraph.
The electronic telegraph, engineered by Samuel Morse (the Morse of Morse code) “Permitted for the first time effective separation of communication from physical transportation” REF. It meant messages could travel faster than people, and this revolutionised the concept of information making time and speed of when it gets to you important for the first time. This is where news wires can be traced back to. The London papers would be printed and sent up on trains to the north, but the local northern papers would get a digest of them by telegraph and would print it in their papers. this would then be read first by locals before the London papers reached them.
The launch of CNN in the 80s was the next major jump forward. Its taken for granted now, but their major innovation was the introduction of continuous unedited news. Its appeal was based around the idea, it was live and therefore unscripted and unchecked, so people would stay tuned in just incase the information was updated. This was characterized as the ‘Uncertainty Principle’
We finished by looking quickly ahead at books by Mckenzie Wark, in pariclar the word he created for his most recent book ‘Telethesia’. This of course combines Tele- meaning combing two from a far and anesthesia which is generally regarded as the loss of feeling of sorts. It of course considers that in with a ever growing Global instead of Local dorstep, are we paying less attention to the world we live in.