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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Images displaced around the media vector are weapons now , but of a different
kind from the old - fashioned warheads of the military vector proper . Like the
weapons of the cold war , these can backfire , and in this case clearly did .
The military in effect manage two communication systems , their own and the
global news net . Strangely enough , military practices may be quite appropriate
for both . Given that military training stresses both a precise , disciplined
execution of ...
To return to the octagon , scorched into the earth at Potsdamer Platz . The Achtek
was designed in 1737 as part of the Prussian monarchy ' s expansion of Berlin . *
Building on the administrative and military success of the absolute monarchy ...