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    escape from consumerville

    interesting article in the la times about DIY and how to fight consumerism.

    http://www.latimes.com/features/book...tory?track=rss

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    Thanks, very interesting. I do embrace the 'idler'-idea. Whether or not I'm able to put that into practice, the want is there.

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    what was interesting to me was the "strategy" of failure. of not participating. i've noticed in my own life that when i don't engage in something with the attitude of "i'm right and i will make you see that," that i'm much happier. so, by not engaging in/with marketers/producers (as much as is possible), you are free to truly live your life on your own terms, making your own choices about what and how much to consume. am i making sense? i'm not sure i articulated this the way i want to. :-)

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    I like how the author "gets" DIY:

    "Although the DIY ("do it yourself") movement has become associated with home-improvement superstores and craft kits, it embraces an ethos much more political at its core. It promotes a philosophy of self-reliance -- resisting the idea that we must hand over hard-earned cash for products and services we can make or do ourselves. The DIY ethos has a close relationship with punk, which rages against authority and asserts individual freedom. While these philosophies might seem immune to corporate exploitation, they possess cultural currency that marketers crave -- which is how we end up with corporate-sponsored "graffadi" (the use of the graffiti ethos for advertising) for the Sony PSP or Axe deodorant."


 

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