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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... critical theory makes as much use of American vectoral power as its enemies .
The massive presence in the media flow of American stories , images , faces ,
voices , is sometimes all that stabilizes the flow of meaning in the global media
uses for the flow . ... One exists mundanely , in the interzone of vector flows ...
This immersion in mundane existence is the condition for imagining a movement
toward something else , for not just being subjected to flows , but subjecting flows
But should there be a rupture in the process , should anything force a revaluation
of the flow of electronic values ... This transference of all perceptions from one
state to another can come from any of the particular flows which cross the screen