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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For Kluge , writing in postwar Germany , the problem revolves around the historic
failure in 1933 of the public sphere to prevent the rise of fascism . “ Since 1933
we have been waging a war that has not stopped . It is always the same theme ...
This is the problem with Pierre Bourdieu's concept of “ habitus . ” It maps territory
but forgets itself in the operation . It forgets that social scientists , like everybody
else , live in territories . Some territories are weak and defenseless agglutinations
42 The problem is that there is no easy way to quantify the impact of news
information on markets . News information either increases uncertainty or
reduces it . In the Black Monday crash , every scintilla of news seemed to trigger