May 26 2009

nails and networks

by at 4:46 pm

As I was stacking boxes and stocking shelves yesterday morning, I thought about the webs of production and distribution that all the brightly packaged products had to follow to reach the store where I work. In order for me to sell, say a box of nails to a customer, that had to travel a long way first. Working backwards, I noted the cases into which the nails had been packed for shipping, on a tractor-trailer that had woven its way into the city from our warehouse in Virginia.

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