Techno-nationalism as the cultural logic of global infrastructural capitalism: media spectacles and cyber-situations in Huawei Meng Wanzhou’s extradition case

Yuqi NA*, Ngai PUN

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This article contributes to a theoretical formulation of techno-nationalism as the cultural logic of infrastructural capitalism by revisiting Debord and Situationist International’s discussion of Spectacle and digital struggles. We deconstruct the concept of techno-nationalism into three interlocking but contradictory media events: techno-nationalism as the “integrated Spectacle,” signifying the power of the state and capital; the disintegrative forces of media spectacles that highlight the ruptures and contradictions of global infrastructural capitalism; and digital resistance through the creation of “cyber-situations.” The case of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou exemplifies how techno-nationalism emerges as an integrated ideological Spectacle with the help of media spectacles and yet undergoes a disintegration process due to inescapable contradictions and labor conflicts. This research not only analyses China as a case to understand the tactical deployment of the cultural logic of techno-nationalism with a focus on both domestic and international dimensions as political economic and social forces but also on the inherent contradictions and digital struggles in global infrastructural capitalism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)426-443
Number of pages18
JournalChinese Journal of Communication
Volume16
Issue number4
Early online date4 Aug 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Bibliographical note

This work was supported by GRF funding (Ref No. 13607123).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 The Centre for Chinese Media and Comparative Communication Research, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Keywords

  • Techno-nationalism
  • Chinese nationalism
  • online nationalism
  • spectacle
  • cyber-situations
  • Huawei

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