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 first procession to the square . A few thousand students march to the square
and lay their wreaths for Hu Yaobang . This is the first “ illegal ” act : municipal
authorities banned such marches after the 1987 demonstrations . The police look
Bus drivers , perhaps veterans of the 1985 bus drivers ' strike , drive the property
of the Beijing Bus Company into the square and slash the tires , adding just a
little more permanence to the interruption of the regular urban timetable .
8 Here was an opportunity to experiment with the media feedback loop
connecting Tiananmen Square to the living rooms of millions around the globe ,
including policymakers who considered Deng a liberal , and the kind of “ opinion