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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Whereas people and their interactions fill the territory , broadcast areas , satellite
footprints , telephone networks compose the map , together with the ... Maps keep
track of territories , but territories never quite reveal themselves in any map .
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 of people . Some are strong and allow people to exist
in a space ...
the West as a critique of the gap between the map of the East and the territory .
This was not a flip - flop of consciousness forcing a change of reality , recognized
post factum by the media . Rather , the gap between the sense of space and self