Blockchain Chicken Farm

And Other Stories of Tech in China's Countryside

paperback, 256 pages

Published Oct. 13, 2020 by FSG Originals.

ISBN:
9780374538668

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4 stars (9 reviews)

2 editions

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4 stars

Beim lesen hatte ich die ganze Zeit das Gefühl, dass das Buch als Dokumentation für einen Streaminganbieter mir viel mehr gegeben hätte. Obwohl die Beschreibungen der verschiedenen Orte, die besucht werden, sehr gut sind, will ich die ganze Zeit mehr sehen.

Das ländliche China ist wahrscheinlich hier in Deutschland nur ein Mythos und wie bei vielen Mythen entspringt auch sehr viel der Fantasie. Dieses Buch zeigt anhand von Beispielen, wie die Dörfer vom Staat oder vielmehr den Konzernen ans Internet angeschlossen werden und was das für sie bedeutet.

Es sind viele Interviews mit verschiedenen Personen und eigene Erzählungen von Xiaowei Wang, die versuchen, mit dem Mythos aufzuräumen.

Gleichzeitig wird immer wieder mit einem vergleichenden Schwenk zu den USA die Beziehung beider Länder zueinander beleuchtet.

Mir hat es sehr gut gefallen, da mir wieder selber bewusst wurde, wie viel mein Wissen über China eher auf Mythen basiert und ich unbedingt nacharbeiten …

A dose against techno-optimism.

5 stars

First and foremost, this book is beautifully written. Xiaowei Wang's style of writing is probably one of the most comforting aspects about their work, especially considering the topic at hand. It also kind of helps embody the difficulty of the subject, highlighting the nuances rather than the binary discussion that often happens (tech good vs. tech bad).

But it also helps put a lot into perspective. Part of this is through showing how China and the US aren't all that different with regards to capitalism (despite what we may be led to believe), even though it may present in different forms. Part of it is through explaining so much about technology that both feels absurd and showing how it's manufacturing spaces. And more than that, they explain how the systems in the US and in China converge and impact each other.

It's hard to put a lot of it into …

Great book!

4 stars

Really enjoyed reading this. It's a nice overview of how rural development in China relates to tech. Food for thought for both tech optimists and pessimists. The author is very careful with what they say and the writing is very good, creating a text that is at the same time literary and sociological. It combine literary elements with social theory and data in such a way that the reading flows pleasantly. It's not a dense theory book or a shallow tEcH cRiTiCiSm book either: it is balanced and thoughtful. When I found this book I was afraid it'd be like OH GOD STOP THE COMMUNISTS and I couldn't be more wrong. Absolutely read this if you're into social/political theory and China.

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