The world that we know is quickly becoming a much smaller
entity. Technology is bringing us to places we have never been before. Because of
widespread globalization, and the use of the internet, people are uniting and
communicating in new and different ways. Communications simplest form is slowly
dwindling down with the use of this web. The world is a diverse
place and in order for us to communicate and create a global village every
individual has to have the correct tools, must be open minded and willing to
accept new people and new ideas, and realize that we live in a naïve world and
other cultures and people exist.
In order to acquire the right tools it depends many
variables. Where you live, who you are, what resources you have and many
others. More developed countries and the people
that live in them have the ability to take advantage of the new global village
that is expanding more and more every day. Unfortunately, less developed
countries do not have the same resources to be able to be a part of the global
village. Although, with citizens learning and becoming more comfortable with
writing and telling their own stories, with a
focus on foreign news, less developed counties can have the opportunity to get
their part in the global village. “Technology-driven changes are
reshaping international news flows by lowering the economic barriers of entry
to publishing and broadcasting and encouraging the proliferation of
nontraditional international news sources. The audience-now fragmented and
active-is far better able to choose and even shape the news.” (Hamilton,
Other tools to being an effective communicator in the
global village include knowing what you are talking about. Having vast
knowledge in the area that you are speaking (typing) about is very important if
you want to be taken seriously. Individuals need to appreciate that others are
listening or reading what they said or posted and they will not gain respect if
the information is not valid. “Internet international news provided by
untrained and unsupervised journalists, however, can flood public discussion
with error, rumor, and disinformation that is often difficult to sort out from
the authentic and factual.” (Hamilton, Jenner).
Along with knowing your subject in depth understanding
your objective is also a vital step in being an effective communicator in the
global village. Understanding why you are communicating and what point you are
trying to get across. Understand your audience, who are you communicating with
and what do they need to know. Is this a personal blog? How many people do you
think are going to be reading what you are writing? Plan what you are going to
say before you say it and proofread. Like previously mentioned you want the
people reading whatever you are writing to respect you and take the information
you are posting seriously.
sure you are using the correct tone is another major factor in being an
effective communicator in the global village. Being aware and sensitive to every
topic you are writing about is important, as important as the content. How you
approach a topic impacts the reader. It also reflects you as a writer and how
the reader will perceive the message. After you have determined the why and who
of your post you can determine what kind of tone that should be used. The tone depends
on your topic but in general as a writer to communicate effectively to the
reader you should always be sincere and confident.
Another aspect of being an effective communicator in the
global village is being open minded and willing to accept new people and new
ideas. Chapter five talks about the three perspectives on identity and
communication. The first is social science which is identity created by self
(by relating to groups). This emphasizes on individualized identity which is
the sense of an independent “I” with sharp distinctions between self and
others, familial identity which is evident in many cultures, stresses the
importance of emotional connection with others, and lastly spiritual identity
which is the inner reality that is realized and experienced by people through a
number of outlets.
second is interpretive which is identity formed through communication with
others. This emphasizes that identities are negotiated, co-created, reinforced
and challenged through communicating with others. The interpretive perspective
emphasizes the avowal and ascribed dimensions. Different people’s identities
are emphasized depending on the person we are communicating with and the topic
of conversation. Central to this second interpretation is that our identities
are expressed communicatively within core symbols, labels and norms. These norms
of behavior are associated with particular identities.
third is critical which is identity shaped through social, historical forces
and emphasizes context and resisting ascribed identity. It also emphasizes the contextual
and conflictual elements of identity development. This perspective is important
because it pays attention to social structures and institutions that constrain identities.
These social structures that give rise to particular identities are always changing.
Identity and communication go hand in hand, and accepting
other individuals and all of their group identities is extremely important. In the
global village sometimes it can be difficult to know another person’s culture
and because of that people have to be aware and sensitive to others. In intercultural
communications interactions mistaken identities can be assumed because of
partial knowledge of one’s identity and when doing so we are ignoring individual
aspects about that person. If that happens it might create communication
problems but looking at a person’s cultural performance can sometimes help
understand cultural identities.
last aspect of being an effective communicator in the global village is realizing
that other people in the world do exist. In this society and especially in this
generation people are only involved with themselves and the world they live in.
Individuals need to pay attention to not only the media of where they live but
of the world. Being aware of news and being educated and having your own
opinion makes you a more effective communicator. Having increased affinity and
connection through media and communication technology, causes people to be interconnected
between other people and other areas.
media and the global village has changed the way the world can experience
events that have happened between other individuals, cultures and nations and now
they can be shared immediately. Global media has allowed the spread of
information through communication technology, which has made global society
more interconnected. Because of this rapid growth of information technologies, geographically
separated people can now help each other by sharing resources. Even though it
has the potential to change interaction and divide groups, these qualities have
the ability to build bridges between communities.
of this information suggests that the global village is bringing people together.
The intercultural communication is also linking geographically separated people
and making the world smaller by connecting more and more people. The global
village has reconstructed a world of common environments and communities
through technological development. In this information focused world, the
global village acts as a symbol of interconnectivity in which McLuchan
predicted. This new world of having access to anything including free
information and resources.
an effective communicator in the global village offers new possibilities,
access to information for resources and allows people to share and exchange
information for further development This
information is implied in the idea of the ‘global village’ and indicates that
it is accessible to all. Having access to relevant information would improve
the lives of many, making the global village becomes accessible to all,
bringing the local to the global.