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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I do not want to abstract weird global media events too far out of the time of lived
experience in everyday life in which we find them . Not least because
understanding them means coming to grips with what has come of the
experience of time ...
For the market to become abstract , a communicational map exactly covering the
territory of capital , commodities themselves had to become abstract , in the
sense that they had to become uniform , equivalent , and interchangeable . The
We are living increasingly in a space of variable geometry where the meaning of
each locale escapes its history , culture or institutions , to be constantly redefined
by an abstract network of information strategies and decisions , ” according to ...