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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These “ vectors ” produce in us a new kind of experience , the experience of
telesthesia - perception at a distance . This is our " virtual geography , ” the
experience of which doubles , troubles , and generally permeates our experience
of the ...
At Tiananmen Square , a daily chronopolitics is the most rapid tempo that need
concern us . So the first kind of story here will be a chronicle of the micro - events
, focusing on this issue of democracy as self - representation . I consider the more
... door policy has meant that the underdeveloped , unicorporate monopoly form
of the vector in China , where officials massage perceptions into the ideal form of
disinformation , has had to confront media vectors of a more developed kind .