Oh hey, there internet: A Global Nervous System.


You may or may not already know but here’s a fun fact, the telegraph was a creation in time that dramatically shifted world perception. 

*M i n d b l o w n*

Before your iPhone, your iPad, your nano iPod even (remember that little thing), the telegraph encompassed the birth of information through a network of nerves.


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Kind of like when your body sends a message to your Central nervous system, and this message is received, it attracts a specific muscle in your body, causes a reflex and boom that’s how you smack away the fly from eating your chocolate brownie ladies and gents.


Why does this matter? Well, It’s important for any media student, yet more importantly, any digital media user to understand the evolution from:



The internet.

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 These examples might spark some familiarity with you.

The telegraph allowed a new interest in:


This kind of sounds familiar right?

Because now, we constantly rely on, benefit from, receive information exactly like this in the sphere of the internet, as the world evolved from a bunch of wires to cyberspace, or what we now call the nervous system of the world.


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Mitew, T., 2014, A Global nervous system: from the telegraph to cyberspace, Lecture/YouTube Video, BCM206, University of Wollongong,                                                   <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAZru SPuNI&list=PLiPp71qLKusXOU1bKxHVappCbRNN3-J-j&index=4 > viewed 8th August 2019



4 Replies to “Oh hey, there internet: A Global Nervous System.”

  1. Nice recap of the week’s content!
    I’d suggest thinking about the issues that the speed of information, through this technology, has created though! As content becomes easier to share and consume, the intent to control it by those in power is inevitable (insert Thanos meme here).
    A symptom of this can be seen in ‘fake news’ and the importance on individuals nowadays to learn to filter their consumed content, information and news. This is spoken about in good detail by Randall Mikkelsen [https://youtu.be/-9JWlcNMPM8].

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  2. Great insights into the importance of the Internet and its benefits to society. The world would be an entirely different place without it! My blog post has a meme that exaggerates how different communication would look without the creation of the Internet and other instant forms of communication (like the telephone). I thought your description of how information is transferred was great – awesome analogy!

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  3. You had a really clear definition of the global nervous system using our bodies central nervous system as an analogy. This post made this weeks topic a lot clearer to me. It was humorous as well as informative and it was really useful how you embedded links into your information. Marshall McLuhan in his book Understanding Media (1964) noted that “today, after more than a century of electric technology, we have extended our central nervous system itself in a global embrace, abolishing both space and time as far as our planet is concerned.” I thought this quote would be relevant to your post because he was the man who predicted this “global village” that we now use to receive and contribute information globally to others. Check out this link if you want to know more about McLuhan’s association with this weeks topic of the global nervous system: https://www.livinginternet.com/i/ii_mcluhan.htm This was a really great post!


  4. You’ve given a great explanation of the global nervous system and the analogy of our bodies central nervous system was a very cleaver way to perceive it. You could further discuss how the telegraph sparked interest in what you have listed in addition to how the dramatic shift of perception you could look into The New York Times (1858) and how they stated “there can be no rational doubt that the telegraph has caused vast injury, superficial, sudden, unsifted, too fast for the truth…”. This will allow people to have a deeper understanding of the impact the invention of the telegraph had.
    Hope this has helped


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