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    queerness of many products is material rather than metaphysical

    Dear friends,

    I'm reading and translating a text about smart products and smart makers from the Economist. Here is the link:

    http://www.economist.com/news/busine...-new-one-which

    "Today the queerness of many products is material rather than metaphysical. Stuffed with sensors and microchips, ever more of them really can communicate, via the “internet of things”, with each other and with human beings."

    Does "Queerness" mean here how strange and unusual they are or it means something different?

    Thanks

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    Re: queerness of many products is material rather than metaphysical

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post

    Does "queerness" ​here mean here how strange and unusual they are or does it means mean something different?

    Thanks.
    I agree with your interpretation of the word. Note my corrections above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: queerness of many products is material rather than metaphysical

    Just a few decades ago, Roland Barthes was looking at plastic as a substance from alchemy, one that denied nature and replaced it. The queerness of technology has always been with us.
    http://yaleunion.org/wp-content/uplo...es-plastic.pdf

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