The Maker Age

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The Maker Age.

“Makers”
I loathe that term.

According to Wikipedia

The maker culture is a contemporary culture or subculture representing
a technology-based extension of 
DIY culture[citation needed] that intersects with hacker culture (which is less concerned with physical objects as it
focuses on software) and revels in the creation of new devices as well as 
tinkering with existing ones. The maker culture in general supports
open-source hardware. Typical interests enjoyed by the maker culture
include engineering-oriented pursuits such as 
electronicsrobotics,
3-D printing, and the use of CNC tools, as well as more traditional
activities such as 
metalworkingwoodworking, and, mainly, its predecessor,
the traditional 
arts and crafts. The subculture stresses a cut-and-paste
approach to standardized hobbyist 
technologies, and encourages cookbook
re-use of designs published on websites and maker-oriented publications.
[1][2] There is a strong focus on using and learning practical skills and applying
them to reference designs

Roll my eyes.

…or how about this excerpt from Time Magazine

The maker movement, as we know, is the umbrella term for independent inventors,  designers and tinkerers. A convergence of computer hackers and traditional artisans, the  niche is established enough to have its own magazine, Make, as well as hands-on Maker  Faires that are catnip for
DIYers who used to toil in solitude
.

Laugh like a loon and choke on my quinoa
What the hell is the matter with you people?

Those are the nicest things I say and do when I read that crap.

First off, Please accept my half-hearted apologies in advance, but
I am going to be snarky and that may hurt some feelings. If so, well OK,
I’m sorry…I guess.

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Secondly, Here’s what happened.

While researching for a business & economics article I am writing on the
Industrial Age and the changing world, I came across several “ideas” that
espoused the notion that the Industrial Age was being replaced by the
Maker Age or the Maker Culture

I’ve heard the word “maker” a lot in the last decade, and each time I hear it I wince.
It’s like nails on a chalkboard.

It always makes me think of a group of soft-handed, fluffy, humans with no clue that what they have just discovered they could do (make stuff) had actually been being done by gazillions of other (less soft-handed and fluffy) humans for millennia.

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Yes, I know this may come as a shock to a lot of people, but people have been “makers” since time began, with a select few pausing (in the western world)

People have been makers since time began #IndustrialAge #ArtisanRenaissance Click To Tweet

during the last 3 decades when fresh out of university, they considered
themselves too intelligent to be bothered with changing the oil in their
car, or gasp, changing the flush valves on their toilet (a feat that takes a
youtube video (or not) and less than 10 minutes when done by a “normal”
person vs days when a plumber is called) but warrants a trophy when
accomplished by a “maker”

The world is full of competent, capable, useful men and women who just
“did stuff” and went on with their day, not giving it much thought.  They
were called handy, builders, creators, artists, coders, etc… but never “makers”

So, bottom line, anyone who is not a soft-handed “urbanite” has been a
“maker” their whole life

Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Technology. And Techies- those awesome peeps with hoodies & Macs. Some of my best friends are “techies” and I lived for
“Star Trek”

They can be great as friends, especially when your computer crashes or
you need a script written,  but you just can NOT allow them to run wild
and name things. Not terms for things they come up with (can you say JIFS??),
not their kids, and certainly NOT entire era’s. They will screw it up EVERY time.

They take words that are already in use and just start using them (incorrectly), redefining them to mean what they want them to mean (when queried) which
really makes no sense when they could just have one of their other “maker”
friends come up with a new word for their new tech discovery.

Which brings me back to “Makers”
Could a name of a movement BE any dumber?

NO!

It sounds like something a child came up with when they could not think of the right word to use. You know, like “someone who eats” is an Eater.
“Hey mom, look at that Eater over there eating an ice cream. Can I have one, too?”

Yes, technically, they ARE an eater, but no one would actually call them eaters.
Not as a term that describes what they do while occupying their spot in history’s timeline

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If you ARE going to coin a new word for a new era in history, why not choose a cool one, or a pretty one or a really “outrageous” one, or even just a regular one like renaissance revival or something, but “maker”?  Hell NO, and no thanks. That is just too stupid.

Renaissance means a cultural rebirth and sounds so melodic and Artisan just sounds cool. So, how about Artisan Revivalist or Artisan Renaissance. Yes!!
That’s it. I love it. Either one works.

The new #era in #history is official “The Artisan Renaissance” #ArtisanRenaissance #IndustrialAge Click To Tweet
So, the new era in history is officially termed “The Artisan Renaissance”.

Here is how it will look in wiki, when it gets there.

The Artisan Renaissance

The natural follow-up to the fall of industrialism with its “every robot for himself mentality”, to the “let’s make it ourselves and make it special” era.
An era of robust building and creation where everyone who wants to
succeed can.

.The Artisan Renaissance Age. Yep. I just coined a phrase and a really cool one.
My work here appears to be done.

So, I bid you…
You’re Welcome.

 

 

 

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