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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Stefan Heym , an East German novelist , published for the most part in the West ,
summed up this massed wall - jump thus : “ Never before in the history of
mankind has a state been plunged into crisis in such a ridiculous fashion .
One has only to cast an eye over the strenuous tirades against the left mounted
by cold war conservatives since the fall of the wall to see the crisis of
conservative thought at work . The ridiculous charge that the whole of left - wing
opinion is ...
There is a philosophical aspect to crises — they are when the meaning of value
itself comes into question . ... one in which a flow of abstract value across the
space of third nature triggered the crisis , rather than a tangible standing reserve .