Digital Archaeology: Reflection (pt.2)

As I mentioned in the previous post, my group for the Digital Archaeology project (the product of which can be seen here) dismantled and investigated an RCA Clock from the mid 2000s. The first step we took was to take apart the plastic shell of the clock so we could look at the technological components inside. What we found was a motherboard with chips and a tuning fork on one side, and other components – such as capacitors – on the other, with wires connecting it to a rectangle which has the numbers of the digital clock on it. We then split up the parts between the four of us to look up. What we found was completely unsurprising: all but one of the parts we looked up were from companies located in China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Taiwan.

The fact that this did not surprise any of us in the least, and that the fact that one part came from Germany did, drives home a point, to me, that is often acknowledged, sometimes debated about, but almost always glossed over or forgotten about: America rarely produces the products it sells. You see this everywhere, from clothes to toys to, as seen here, technology. America is supposed to be “the best and the greatest”, but how can we be when we can’t even make the products we sell?

Leave an opinion, start a discussion, let me know what you think about sending work overseas.

Ta ta for now,


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