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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The mass that flocked through the wall to join the partying were not responding to
the crook of the political pastors any more than to the pastoral social realism of
the party ' s crook ideology , but were freely grazing on the spectacle cultivated in
The military is still a potent political force . ... one hand and against a universal
demand for suffrage on the other , leads to a certain complexity in demands and
debates that is as much a problem of political culture as it is of politics per se .
In any case the ruling elite has a strong instinct to put personal political survival
and the maintenance of the state that sustains them above all else . Besides
analyzing the underlying causes in terms of material interest , one can also trace