Return of tribalism: the hand axe is back

March 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

By Callum Smith: https://sites.google.com/site/callumsmithwebsitecopywriting/

For over a million years the hand axe remained unchanged as our primary tool.

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The hand axe determined our food, clothing, habitat, and basically our interpretation of the world.

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With the advent of speech, consequently, the hand axe disappeared from use.

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Now, with the advent of wireless technology, hand-held communication devices appear to be controlling where we go, with whom we associate, and again our interpretation of the world.

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The chopper was a big hand axe designed to handle larger projects than what its smaller predecessor could. The chopper, however, was not portable because it did not fit into 1 hand.

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Hand axes fit into 1 hand, and were therefore mobile.

Credit: Samsung, CNET

Credit: arrowheadology.com

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As our communication evolves, so should we because as Marshal McLuhan said,

We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.1

1. McLuhan, M. (1964). Understanding media: the extensions of man. Toronto, Canada: McGraw-Hill.

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