As far as i can see from his blog and YouTube channel he does extensive research on the matter, logs and explains everything down the the centimeter.
I see that the author comes from an Literature background, but in my opinion the author of this article should have done better research on Primitive Technology's author (and other great examples, Dick Proenneke comes to mind first) and his methods, and not just stop at the FAQ in the About section of his channel.
I would also have liked a quick mention about how this extremely popular YouTube channel doesn't have advertisement.
"Primitive Technology: an oxymoron, perhaps a logical impossibility"
How exactly is this an oxymoron?
But you might prefer "paradox"; an apparent contradiction. Like many other paradoxes, this paradox resolves itself once you learn more. But certainly at first there seems to be a contradiction in play, again, with the natural reading of the terms.
Kind of ruining a great channel here.
> So why have the videos attracted millions of viewers?
People seek meaningful and purposeful activities and have mostly given up on them for themselves. In the realm of protecting the environment, they think things like "If I do X by the rest of the world doesn't, it won't make a difference," so they give up. They give up similarly with values, hopes, and dreams around work, family, fitness, politics, and so on.
They don't realize they've abandoned their values. Watching others live by theirs reminds them that you can live by your values. They dream they might follow as they passively watch, their muscles atrophying and waistlines growing.
Maybe some will get off their couches, stop looking for "out there" by airplane, and instead looking inside to realize they could do what the guy in the videos does. Or at least try.
For those who want to do the latter, it's not enough to be passionate and skilled in your subject. You have to deeply understand how discipline can be produced in a student.
I'm happy this guy's YouTube channel is popular.
I think the appeal is the lack of spoken narrative.
The author digs at Thoreau a bit for 'duping' readers. To be honest the presence of society/others were some of the best parts of the book(the French Lumberjack)
I also liked the geometry used, on the last photo . I believe that he started building by first putting the stone on the ground, then he used the stick (on the ground) to establish fixed radius from the center (stone) and ensure that he puts the "pillars" in equal distance from the center. It would have been easier if he was to use 6 (distance between two consecutive "pillars" = the radius) instead of 8, but I believe that would improve structural stability and slightly increase "building" surface.
Michael Reynolds - El Guerrero de la Basura
Somewhat similar to PT having his cellphone on him, maybe?