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  • The concept of the entire world being one community linked by telecommunication technologies. The term also is used metaphorically to describe both the Internet and the World Wide Web.

    Coinage of the term has been attributed to the Canadian media scholar Marshall McLuhan, who first used it in 1962. Preceding McLuhan in the concept of a world connected by technology, however, was the Belgian Paul Otlet. Before his death in 1944, Otlet predicted that the technologies of cinema, telephone, radio, and television would bring the world together, that seated in an armchair, everyone would be able not only to see and hear but also to participate by applauding, giving an ovation, adding a voice to the cries of appreciation, or singing with the chorus.

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