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While many McLuhanites consider the concept of the Global Village to be prescient especially in terms of predicting the Internet it is ludicrous to thus Nostradamus-ize McLuhan leaving us to interpret each phrase in terms of some event or invention nodding sagely at his brilliance each time we make a connection Certainly there are times McLuhan is quite accurate about the wave of the technological future - but there are many others where he clearly misfires It would be easy to link McLuhans predictions to the motto of Gibsons cyberpunk followers Information wants to be free After all it was McLuhan 28 years earlier who wrote As automation takes hold it becomes obvious that information is the crucial commodity and that solid products are merely incidental to information movement Yet we must be careful not to give McLuhan too much credit as a visionary and avoid the greatest of hindsight-driven fallacies post hoc propter ergo hoc Thus if we insist that McLuhans 1964 phraseled to Gibsons own assertion -- though both authors are arguably visionaries and perhaps share the same approach to creating visions -- we should not necessarily conclude they share the same vision
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