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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None comes . Silence begets not silence , but more noise to fill the void . The
students try opening a dialogue with the state . They refuse to abide by the more
usual procedure of the petition . The petition leaves time on the government's
the vector field itself , that a culture sees other cultures and comes to perceive
itself as distinct not only from what has ... In contact with the vector flow , cultures
come to perceive themselves not only as distinct from images of the other , but as
This transference of all perceptions from one state to another can come from any
of the particular flows which cross the screen of ... There is a philosophical aspect
to crises — they are when the meaning of value itself comes into question .