Thursday, ABC, 10pm
The Industrial Revolution began in 1760 and changed the way the world worked. More power and machine development meant products could be made in larger quantities and much faster – and we haven’t stopped since. But what have been the consequences of this “cheap and quick” production? Sweatshop workers make our clothes, our furniture comes out of a flat-pack box and our cars all look the same. But in the past decade in Australia, there has been a huge growth in the handmade, the locally produced and the artisanal. Is it just a hobby for cashed-up hipsters to buy into, a revolt against mass production and technology, or does the benefit lie in the product itself? Marcus Westbury (pictured) tries to find out.