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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Some of these were human forces , adjusting the “ spin ” on the image , turning it
to advantage . Some were inhuman hands . For the vector itself is a “ player " now
, only relatively under the control of even the most powerful interests . Images ...
Rather than a melancholy invocation of the tragedy of the voiceless , it may be
better in the age of CNN to find ways to turn the simulacrum of the event into
memories of utopian quiverings , outside of history and thus not trapped in the
An Iranian missile , an off - the - cuff remark by the U . S . treasurer - each of these
bits of information flies by each of the nets , affecting each in turn , each in turn
affecting the trinity , each net then producing its meta - comment - a vector field ...