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Material Culture: 

  • (PDF) A fascinating investigation into the weird world of fake storefronts, Alibaba, and "free" watches. It's a sort of material vortex created from some entrepreneurial lark, with goods produced in the most aggressively cheap way possible, and marketed with every SEO and branding trick in the book, all resulting in a glut of barely functional watches that need to be offloaded one way or another. The watch is a model of our global ouroboros of consumption and creation, where it can be difficult to tell where demand ends and fraudulent hype begins.


More next week.