The escape from an overorganized society and an overly managed life could and should be the pursuit of creative activities that provide autonomy and individuality. The arts, crafts, and even some trades, such as cooking, allow people to claim a small piece of territory for self-ownership. Time spent creating, rather than consuming, is time spent controlling, rather than being controlled.
The problem with music, literature, scholarship, comedy, craftsmanship, cooking, etc., is that they require time, effort, and energy. To put it simply, they require work. Learning to play an instrument is difficult. It’s much easier to master Guitar Hero. Writing a good book is a challenge – much easier to just start a blog. Studying a topic of interest takes a lot of time. It’s easier to just watch a couple of YouTube videos.
Creativity is the escape hatch that the soul demands from societal confinement, but American culture discourages creativity. Instead it offers consumption. Consumption can be fun, and it is always easy. Technology continually makes it easier – click a button for a song, type in a web address for a movie, and so on and so forth until you get your fix.” —Caped Crusaders and the Flight From Society | Front Porch Republic