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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ananmen Square massacre of Sinologists , the fall of the Berlin Wall of
Germanists , to mention just some of the events studied in this book . ... They do
not often analyze the vectoral trajectories via which the rest of the world views the
Events , then , are a product of competing technologies that cross borders with
impunity . Underlying the various constructions of the event there are “ real ”
actions and forces at work . However , they are not always independent of the ...
Part of the answer , it seems to me , is that the speed with which television brings
the force of events to bear on public ... These narrative tactics prevent the event
from rupturing the seamlessness of televisual discourse , which is to say national