Freedom is Just Another Word for Making

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy person's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

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By Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy person's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

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Happy Fourth of July to all of our friends celebrating Independence Day. We might not think of this as a particularly “maker holiday” (besides the obvious excuse to indulge in rampant pyromania), but the independence that we celebrate (and that people across the world should, in general, celebrate) is the freedom to make the world that you want. That’s the independence that we as Americans won on July 4th, 1776 and that we celebrate today. It’s the freedom to make America (and ReMake America), it’s the freedom to hack, mod, beautiful, engineer, and build every aspect of your life, to make it better for yourself, your family, your community, and our world.

So, now that you’ve secured that freedom, what are you going to build with it? As the saying goes: It’s a high-level problem to have.

Happy 4th from all of the staff at MAKE.