Global Village Essay Hsc

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How does the author of the text, represent the global village? What are the positives and negatives of a global village? INTRODUCTION The phrase “global village” was first used by Marshall McLuhan, a media theorist in the 1960s, to describe a world that has been “shrunk” by modern advances in communications. McLuhan likened the vast network of communications systems to one extended central nervous system, ultimately linking everyone in the world. In the global context, one person’s obstacle can be another person’s reward. In the prescribed text, the play “A man with five children” by Nick Enright suggests that there negatives along with very little positives, this is also seen in the chosen related text “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins and the stimulus text “Village Life” by Robert Johnson. The play by Nick Enright, A man with five children explores the world into which the five chosen children are born into, one that is increasingly shrinking due to developments in global trade, travel and communications. The influence of the media and technology on the characters is significant as the process of having their lives recorded and then shared with the rest of the world alters their life experiences. The distinction between what is presented by the media as reality and what is truly real. Enright suggests that what the audience views as a truthful representation of an individuals life is in fact a carefully crafted and edited illusion. Behind this illusion is the true life of these individuals, a reality that cannot ever be accurately presented by the television media. Throughout the play, Enright suggests that Gerry is not only a human character documenting their lives, but also a metaphor of the media following the kids around, through every significant event. example: Doug: where’s the camera? Gerry: No camera tonight Zoe: No wonder

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