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 vector makes this other possible , and makes an “ us ” possible . The vector
creates these shifting nodes of “ us ” and “ them ” that provide all of us with the
trickster syntax of unexpected crossroads . As much as we may want to
44 Whatever the outcome of these particular developments , the main point is that
the development of the vector leads to an intensification of the struggle for control
of the spaces of movement and flow it makes possible , whether in strategic ...
Indeed , were rational communication even remotely possible , events such as
these simply would not occur . Crises , to the extent that they could not be averted
through rational dialogue , would not take this form . Yet occur they do - on the ...