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Posted February 12, 2008
I think Mr. Heinberg threw together anything he's written lately to create a hodgepodge of a book. I loved that film also, but what do the parrots of Telegraph Hill have to do with peak everything? His aesthetic judgments are dubious. I love the 'Arts and Crafts' style objects also, but there is no reason to think that the products of a return to handcrafts would resemble them. The first creations would likely be strictly utilitarian. As people develop more skill and have more leisure, their creations are as likely to be colorful and ornate as spare and elegant. Think Guatemalan busses, think New York City graffiti, we're talking popular art here. The result will quite likely not be to Mr. Heinberg's refined taste. I do not share his professed disdain for the products of modern industrial design, and I love indigenous and 'outsider art', as well. I think the entire discussion is pretty much irrelevant to 'peak everything'.
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