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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Time , as it appears on television , does not appear to be the product of people
acting in time . It appears to move of its own accord , or to be the product of the
vector itself . Whereas cinema could make an art form out of this new perception
In each version , the other's 29 speech appears as quoted speech , actively
assumed into the monologic voice.2 The real winner here is the power of the
vector , a power that appears to have vanquished the Iraqis and did ; which
Of course the totality appears differently depending on from where one sees it .
One never grasps it in its totality , one grasps only a facet of it , dependent on
one's specific cultural grounding , but a facet which one can compare to that