Scrap note (#14)
… Shenzhen fragments (from the world’s tech-comm paradise).
Sucking up to the specter of Sino-Capitalism:
Ironically, my connectivity here is so bad it’s driving me out of my mind, so this is arriving in pieces …
Our hotel is in Huaqiang Bei, the center of the Shenzhen electronic market zone. The area is packed with emporia, which are in turn packed with products — and more specifically commodities. Rather than masking the traits of commercial mass-production under a veneer of ’boutique’ rarity, the Shenzhen spirit is most gloriously manifested in the naked exhibition of hyper-alienated, techno-proliferated, trade-format volumes. Chips (of all kinds) come in sheets, which are then stacked into piles, and tessalated into display places designed to minutely explore minimal differences (product micro-specifications and volume-linked price slices). This is capitalism. It’s easy — in a decline-phase Westernized world — to forget what it looks like.
Skynet embryo chips in the Huitong Professional Security Market:
The drone market is only just getting started (at least, we didn’t see any stacks):