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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Does it mean the end of civilization as we know it ? Stay tuned . ... It was difficult
to sort out how much of this was fascination with the free movement of capital and
how much with the means of that movement . The technical means were now ...
On the one hand , the market means freedom ; on the other , it means discipline .
And it seems automatically to know what to let loose and what to stop through the
magic of the price mechanism and its effect on the allocation of resources .
Gold was the means for " drawing the dimensions of exchange over the whole
world ; for creating the true generality of exchange value in substance and in
extension . ” The movement of capital in the form of gold was an abstract flow ,