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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Rather , the gap between the sense of space and self formed on the map and the
sense of place and self forged on the territory caused a playing of the Western
map against the Eastern map , in which the Western map was misrecognized as
Different in the sense that it articulates privatized , alien experiences as if they
were typical , shared experiences . The SDP networked together the private
experience of many people , separated by the territory , by social convention , by
In other words , when information rapidly and radically overshoots its original
context , it makes no sense to insist that the only valid way to interpret information
is within its original context . It is important to show how a cultural artifact or text ...