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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On television , most voices were American . All the images looked American .
Even Saddam seemed to be an American . As American as Lon Chaney or Bela
Lugosi . Iraq seemed to be some place in America . A place like Wounded Knee
In the information war , critical theory makes as much use of American vectoral
power as its enemies . The massive presence in the media flow of American
stories , images , faces , voices , is sometimes all that stabilizes the flow of
meaning in ...
In this it is a world away from what Jean Baudrillard sees in America , which “
knows nothing of irony , ” because ... Things unAmerican may appear ironically ,
against an imaginary boundary of the American , but even here the cultural ...