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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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
become transitive elements in an almost global combinatory “ whose meaning is
largely determined by their position in a network of exchanges . ” 29 Business
now calculates the comparative advantage of this urban site over the other , in ...
to the point where the earth becomes so artificial that the movement of
deterritorialization creates of necessity a new earth . ... and pushes the simulacra
to a point where they cease being artificial images to become indices of the new