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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They moved into position on the subway system and through the network of
underground tunnels Mao had built as fallout shelters ... There are no accurate ,
publicly available maps showing all of the possible routes the troops can move
A TV picture of Gorbachev might be the same color and shape and move the
same way , but it ' s flat and grainy . At some level the image is false . At some
level it ceases to be like Gorbachev . Let ' s say you and your pal Gorbachev go
search of lower overheads , firms move to low wage or low tax states , or close
their plants in the U . S . altogether and move production offshore . All of these
methods may for the individual firm lower costs relative to output for a given ...