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Final Study Guide Update

Final Study Guide Update - Study Questions for Final(Final...

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Study Questions for Final (Final is Cumulative and may include previous questions) U April 15 U - Talbott – “Do We Really Want a Global Village 1. What is the basis of the concept of a “Global Village”? This means that people all over the world are in contact with each other through mass media, instantaneous communications, and highly integrated economic and political networks 2. What short-comings does Talbott see in our present vision of a “global village”? Talbot points out that “there are strange juxtapositions here. Many of those societies in which the village until remained central—societies were networking is as easy as saying hello to a neighbor – are busily dissolving themselves in the cauldron of their own unrepressed fury, villager pitted mercilessly against villager.” Weigh of information available to us electronically is fooling us into thinking we understand what is going on in the world and are contributing to positive change, when we are actually distancing ourselves from our neighbors We create a acute problems for developing nations when we apply our disembodied technological rationale (often in the form of computer programs such as expert systems) to their problems without any real awareness of the human relationships we are disrupting. “Western technology today, it almost certainly will destroy the inner world— which is to say that the recipient societies.” He believes that “this willy-nilly imposition of technology destroys the fabric of meaning by which communities are knit together” Within our own society, even food is subject to technological manipulation. We can produce various artificial foods, supposedly nourishing, and the inevitable temptation is to bring such products to bear upon the problems of hunger in the world. We must not think that people who are the victims of famine will eat anything. Western people might think, since they no longer have any beliefs or sense of the sacred. But not others. We have thus to destroy the whole social structures of society. This destroys the fabric of 1
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meaning by which communities are knit together Global village puts technology in place of culture The global village is the kind of totalitarianism. And one thing it asks of us is clear: in attacking any of local problem we must yield first of all, not to the meanings inherent in the problem, but to the constraining necessity of the global system itself. The village farmers in Nepal may not feel any need of a satellite dish, but they will receive one nevertheless; it is a prerequisite for “development”. 3. What modifications does Talbott suggest to our current approach to creating a “global village”? Our battlement over conflicts in the global village reflects a forgetfulness of the fact that human life can be sustained only within a sea of meaning, not a network of information.
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