If you want to know the theme of the Consumer Electronics Show, play taps. Fly the flag at half-mast, and say a few words for the proud monolithic corporation of years past.
This year is not about products. It’s about partnerships. It’s about a marriage of the once-proud hardware makers, the defiant and boring Internet infrastructure providers, and the flashy, sometimes arrogant makers of content. It’s about even mixing in the input of consumers.
The pieces are melding in a chaotic alchemy that is making business noisier and strategy even less pointed than in years past here.