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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What is marginal within the empire can have imperial effects on its margins . On
the ... Even the odd effect of watching a breakfast TV news show like “ NBC
Today , ” retitled “ NBC News Overnight , ” can have a displacing effect . What I
The sites from which every blink of an image is extracted are a reservoir of past
events , past accumulations of the developmental story of the vector ' s effects .
Sites like the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz are story accumulators ...
This ratchet effect supposedly locks in gains , ensuring that stocks sell on the way
down at prices that are still higher than the ones the buyer paid for them on the
way up . In the crash , this ratchet effect seems simply to have increased the ...