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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From the church to the party , from the party to the culture industry ,
metanarratives persist , but the organizations they legitimate become
progressively more banal , using the vector to legitimize their power in turn to
offer eternal salvation ...
During the cultural revolution , the struggle between Mao and his cohorts and the
party machine pitted the massive movements of Red Guards around the country
in the Exchange of Revolutionary Experiences against the party ' s rigid controls ...
S4 Serres sees this problem of noise , the third party , as more significant than the
problem of the other , who appears in ... The problem of noise exists as a third
party in this relation , interfering in the understanding which parties to a dialogue