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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The institutions that produce public opinion create an interlocking grid of
representations of the public . These private institutions have thus taken over a
function that was formerly the task of the liberal public sphere on the one hand ,
and of ...
The SDP used this vector field to report scandals and intrigues , creating a space
for the play of media events and providing ... It used this vector field to narrate ,
even to create , the events of the day , not least with its famous scandal sheets .
It is a struggle to create a culture and a communication adequate to forming a
subsequent polity . Despite what the televisual storylines of CNN and CBS might
have suggested , “ democracy ” under these circumstances cannot mean