our globe is a brain

“…the round globe is a vast head, a brain, instinct with intelligence!”

Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1851

My Communications and Media goggles are back on, and already I’m in the right frame of mind for heightening my perspective. It feels great to discuss and think about familiar concepts of digital media in a way that I’d never have thought to before; I’m certain I’ve decided on the right degree. I’m always astounded by the immense impact of digital technologies and the internet as a global network on how society functions, and how this paradigm shift occurred so rapidly in a minute fraction of the Earth’s lifespan.

This quote from American Romantic novelist, Nathaniel Hawthorne, is the perfect metaphor to describe our interconnected global society. The Earth is a brain; a large database of information (index cards!) that is interconnected by nerves, synapses created by communication networks and technologies. It’s an image that has changed the way I visualise the ‘interconnected-ness’ of our world.

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