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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To grasp it and communicate it at all , we have to nail it down to the time of a story
. Almost any kind of story will do , narrating almost any kind of time : the time of
journalism , of chronicle , of fable . This could be an ironic time , a moralizing time
world by the ever more rapid , flexible , and instant displacements of bits and
bites of story by the vector . The metanarrative that matters is that of the vector
itself , the story of stories . In every blink of an image conveyed by the vector ,
there are ...
Like every weird global media event , the story began in the middle , leaving the
news - brokers and massagers looking under every rock for someone who might
have a plausible beginning to tack on the front of the story , after the fact .