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 massive presence in the media flow of American stories , images , faces ,
voices , is sometimes all that stabilizes the flow of meaning in the global media
net . Take away America's imaginary domination and the domination of the
This contact with the flow from the other of the other not only may make a culture
perceive itself in relation to an other , but may add hitherto unknown dimensions
to its sense of boundedness - bounded not only from what is near but from other ...
But should there be a rupture in the process , should anything force a revaluation
of the flow of electronic values ... This transference of all perceptions from one
state to another can come from any of the particular flows which cross the screen