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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On the other hand , he was not averse to creating false information either , “
talking up ” stocks by generating noise which other buyers mistake for information
. This is not to suggest that everyone who plays the stock market is a crook .
When hot noise hits the cold vector , rationality vaporizes . In a situation where
noise is prevalent but where the dialogue partners are not as finely tuned to it , as
in the diplomacy of news media , it may be possible to profit from the admixture of
The game of dialogue , where the participants collude to exclude the noise of the
“ third , ” has to be thought of as a game that occurs in time . This is not the
abstract , logical time of analysis , but the rather more quixotic time of experience