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 write of these things in the present tense , for now that the spectacle of the
Beijing democracy demonstrations is recorded and relayed around the world , it
will always take place in the present tense of media memory . Taut images from
As Raymond Williams points out , democracy was not usually a positively valued
term in the West until the nineteenth century , and it referred more to the multitude
, to the commons , than to any notion of a procedure . The idea of democracy ...
76 The technical intelligentsia and the cultural intellectuals are more likely than
any other class or class fraction to want democratic change , yet democracy can
be only a vague aspiration under a regime that inculcates quite other values ...