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February 18, 2005

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Anne

I always remind myself that DIY ethics are very much tied to cultures that place a high value on individualism. Arguably, the historical shift away from craft has a lot to do with the hyper-individualism (in terms of both production and consumption) associated with the industrial revolution and late capitalism.

For example, early craft guilds impacted our experiences of community and town planning, as well as influenced our collective adoption (or refusal) of new technologies:

http://www.twingroves.district96.k12.il.us/Renaissance/guildhall/guilds/development_guilds.html

http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/mbloy/c-eight/distress/luddites.htm

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