Communication: Linking the Whole Human Race
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The nations and people of the world have become and continue to become interconnected and interdependent to a degree totally different from the level that prevailed through most of human history. Just as business is a big communicator, so communications is big business. The investment made in the infrastructure for telecommunications alone currently accounts for one-tenth of the gross fixed-capital formation in the United States and Europe. Channels of communication across national boundaries have no significance unless they can carry mutually intelligible messages. The inability to understand each other’s languages is the greatest barrier to sharing the culture of other people. Music has high potential as a universal language, although through most of human history its transportability has been limited, especially when it had to cross the great regional cultural divide that separated the musical traditions of the East and West. The remarkable expansion of the scope and speed of communication lends itself to hyperbole and, unfortunately, even to hype.