Virtual Geography: Living with Global Media Events
"The author's capacity to grasp and interpret these [world media] events is astounding, and her ability to provide insights into a world where unbounded information is circling the earth with the speed of light is startling." -- Choice
"... a wide-ranging, quirky and dextrous mix of description, theory and analysis, that documents the perils of the global telecommunications network... " -- Times Literary Supplement
"... this is a stimulating, even moving, book, dense with ideas and with many quotable lines." -- The New Statesman
"Wark is one of the most original and interesting cultural critics writing today." -- Lawrence Grossberg
McKenzie Wark writes about the experience of everyday life under the impact of increasingly global media vectors. We no longer have roots, we have aerials. We no longer have origins, we have terminals.
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Just as Gilles Deleuze thinks there is a breakdown in classic cinema in the
relation between action and events , a ... the news media.22 It gets harder and
harder to portray events as the outcome of the actions of either leaders or the
If there is a point of similarity between them , it is in the degree of abstraction
involved in these two quite different forms of action . Both are actions which
present no tangible result to the actor . They are actions which present an
outcome purely ...
The site of an action , like the centerfold , has a location in space : the attack was
in the north , Pamela grew up on a farm near Chicago . As Avital Ronell remarks ,
" This recent desire for a ' bloodless war ' has shown us that men's horror of ...