Friday, July 17, 2009

Do it yourself

In recent years, the term DIY has taken on a broader meaning that covers a wide range of skill sets. 
he home improvement DIY scene we know today is actually a re-introduction often to city and suburb dwellers of the old pattern of personal involvement in home or apartment upkeep, or any material aspect of living.

Today, for example, DIY is associated with the international alternative and hardcore music scenes. Members of these subcultures strive to blur the lines between creator and consumer by constructing a social network that ties users and makers close together or the making of clothing, or maintaining of websites,. 

There are various communities of media-makers that consider themselves DIY, for example the indy media network, pirate radio stations, and the Zane community cars, computers Our educational system, in its entirety, does nothing to give us any kind of material competence.

In other words, we don't learn how to cook, how to make love, or to do any of the absolutely fundamental things of life. The whole education that we get for our children in school is entirely in terms of abstractions. It trains you to be an insurance salesman or a bureaucrat, or some kind of cerebral character.

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