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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45 Television traditionally divides its time between a public and a private
modality - but the event can interrupt this division . As cultural studies writer
Patricia Mellencamp says , the “ intrusion of the real is also the taking over of
television , print , radio , and education into an effective and massive propaganda
effort . Iraq is interesting as an example of authoritarian media because the Ba'th
regime introduced television into a country with a very low rate of literacy , and ...
To extend its vectoral potential into military zones , television has to reach a
modus vivendi with the war machine . Here the competitive imperative toward a
global vectoral system for television , a desire for the potential to put a vector