Marshall McLuthan was best known for the phrase of “the medium is the message” and “the global village”. Reading 49 & 51 are two pieces of his articles that mainly introduced how technology affected our mechanization of human behaviors and the critical examination of contemporary advertising and newspapers.
In his opinions, printing changed the nature of social communication and control by extending the audience by rapid multiplication. Also, other forms of communication, such as telegraphy and TV, had changed the time, space, and even history of communication. In his article Sight, Sound, and Furry, he mentioned, “(but) the form of newspaper page is powerfully intercultural and international. The unformulated message …from every quarter of the globe is that the world today is one city. All war is civil war. All Suffering is our owns”.
Because of the forms of communication, the political line, the time, or the place become less valued. The global awareness of human rights have be raised everywhere and people involved in social activities by any form of communication. Like the Anug San Suu Kyi, a Burmese democracy leader, was under house arrest for 15 years till November 2010. Many artists created songs, movies, books, pieces of art to support Anug San Suu Kyi and gather global attention to the human rights issue in Burmese. Such as Damien Rice’s Unplayed piano, Luc Besson’s Movie The Lady, and U2’s song Walk on. The acceptance of the fact that communication is crossing everywhere by any forms is recorded in the wakening of interest in political parties everywhere (355).
The Lady (2011) Trailer