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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They listen as Saddam explains that the Western media have misrepresented the
situation . “ In the past few days , ” he says , “ I have come across articles
published in the Western papers urging President Bush to strike Iraq and actually
another question arises : Why were the Western media so fascinated by the
spectacle of this clear and obvious enactment of the most obscure and ineffable
desires ? As the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek puts it , “ Democracy , which
Breaking free of this imaginary game was the painful process animating Western
Marxism , making it vital and lively , from Rosa Luxemburg to Michel Foucault . 52
The break with the East tore Marxism loose from its moorings in an imaginary ...