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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It enters into any and every social relation , corrupts it , and makes it manufacture
more relations of abstraction . It is a form of viral relation which has a double
aspect . It turns every qualitative and particular relation into a quantitative and ...
What Heidegger thinks of as the pagan relation to the world may be back with us .
Once again we must gather and conserve third nature , the bitter landscape of
exposure and unfathomable catastrophe . We still see much more of the world ...
It was to him the logical extension of alienated and reified social relations into the
whole sphere of everyday life . ... Debord thinks of a spectacular relation between
the commodity , the worker ( appearing here in the guise of the consumer ) ...