Mirzoeff discusses many ideas in Chapter four ‘The world on screen’. In this chapter he discusses how technology effects the way we see the visual world. He uses the example of the railway network that enable the industrial revolution between 1760 to 1840 and how the railways created its ‘own world’. He explains through examples of film and how the revolution of transport on train influenced the idea of moving images creating the first ‘film’. “After all, the first moving images were seen through the windows of the moving trains”. (Mirzoeff, 2015)
In this chapter he also explains that this idea of the new ‘global village’. How the engagement of the world through media has allowed us to be exposed to an enormous amount of information that we now have the ability to be each others neighbours. This exposure to this amount of information gives great freedom from the comfort of our homes however Mirzoeff explains that “with great freedom comes great control”. This statement means that although we are given freedom of seeing the world through media, the media can be used as a tool to shape our perspectives on the world. These statements are backed up in a interview by Marshall McLuhan ‘The World is a Global Village (CBC TV)’. The short video “Global Village Theory – Mass Communications 101 – GCC” on youtube helps me understand the concept on our ‘Global Village’ aswell.
Mirzoeff, Nicholas. How to see the world. London: Pelican, 2015. Print.