The Western – A Truly American Invention

The American Western…a great Hollywood invention.

How does it relate to DIY?

Take the case of Clint Eastwood, one of my favorite actors.

Mr. Eastwood hails from the Carmel, California area.  He’s lived there a long time and has had several businesses in the area.  It is a beautiful and inspiring part of the country.  Naturally, he’s also a longtime movie producer, as well.

That’s were the DIY comes in because he started out as an actor, doing uncredited bit roles, then after being in the business a while branched off into directing and producing films.

Mr. Eastwood is a true do-it-yourselfer.  He came from meager beginnings, learned the movie business, and built a very successful and enduring production company.

The Western usually pits an aggressive evil villain against a hard working (or hard drinking) hero who has some type of ethical dilemma, haunting him.  Mr. Eastwood’s films have used this theme often.  He has produced and starred in many of his movies.

The Western represents the traditional good versus evil, so common in the world.  Almost always, the good guy wins, in the end.  One notable exception has been a recent Eastwood film, set in the Michigan auto industry region.  Even in that film Eastwood, takes matters into his own hands and solves problems.

DIY all the way…although not always neat, at best, and pretty darn messy, at worst.  The DIYer always gets the job done.

The Western and Clint Eastwood showcase the traditional American moral high-ground.  They also promote the notion that hard work and perseverance will win in the end.

With all that’s going on in the world I think I’ll go watch “The Outlaw Josie Wales” or a Dirty Harry movie and get back in a good mood.



About Rob Reilly

Rob is an independent consultant, writer, and speaker, specializing in Linux/Free software, hacking of just about everything, DIY and Maker Movement, and tech media. He has a BS in Mechanical Technology from Purdue University. Contact him at
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