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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There is no longer a clear distinction between public and private spaces , now
that the vector transgresses the ... Worse , having grown up on the stuff , there is
no distinction for me between the space of television and the space of my ...
As Carey says , “ The effect of the telegraph on the market is a simple one : it
evens out markets in space . ” : 18 The telegraph tended to eliminate the
traditional role of merchant capital , namely the speculation or arbitrage on price
He discussed the movement of capital as second nature over the space of the
globe , and the central role of money , originally in the form of gold , in that
process . Gold was the means for " drawing the dimensions of exchange over the