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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Nowhere is this more evident than in the momentary crises that the rhythms of
second nature suffer when they fall out of step with the movements of the third .
Debord saw third nature , what he called “ the spectacle , ” as a pure , functional ...
Having separated themselves from second nature , the " players ” on the vector
field of third nature have not achieved a separation from third nature itself , and
are indeed deeply bound to it . Hence a new mythical culture , populated by ...
The wetware interspersed in tiny nodes throughout the vast technical apparatus
of hardware and software still dreams of mastery , lest it wake in fright and
discover someday third nature's increasing autonomy from state and market . The