Some commenters have asked me what DIY means. The answer is “Do It Yourself.” The only problem with the concept is that it is singular. The plural, “do it yourselves” or better, “Ourselves” doesn’t roll off the tongue as well. For the sake of verbal catchiness, I’ll leave the original.
DIY is a very simple concept, even cliche by now. But the best piece of advice I can offer the modern person is to pursue the simple and obviously true ideas, instead of seeking perpetual intellectual novelty. DIY isn’t something to be discussed for the sake of debate, but to be implemented, and discussion should focus on implementations.
A Jewish authoress from Brooklyn, Anya Kamenetz, is coming out with a book called “DIY U”, or “Do it yourself university,” though she doesn’t take it far enough. She wants to reform the colleges and universities, and try to assure a future for Marxist tenured professors.
The fact is, colleges and universities are major bloat-ware. While we may not be able to do the highest level scientific research on a DIY basis, we certainly can take over the educational function of colleges and unis, and do it far better and far cheaper. We also need to make use of home-made or community workshops and laboratories, like the The Geek Group in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Scientific discoveries and new inventions can very well happen in such places, as in a well funded laboratory.
We all grew up in an “automated society.” Those of us who are not obligated to work and family need to go and do their own research and have adventures in re-learning manual skills and basic science. It’s fun stuff, and it gives you ideas for inventions.
DIY is the future. Just because it’s a simple and Captain Obvious idea, doesn’t mean you should ignore it. It is something to start implementing in your life, any way you can.