This conflict manifests itself in things like the way the family home has transitioned from being both a source of production and consumption to becoming just a place of consumption. In my short lifetime I have seen people stop growing their own food and then stop cooking it. With the younger generation I increasingly see people who no longer know how to sew their own clothes or do household renovation and construction. In all of these transitions, people have become less and less independent of the economy. As I see it, this is a very similar process to what has happened when the early monarchies fought against kinship as a means of social organization.
IMHO, the "Hacker" movement is a much more positive development. This involves people who refuse to be mere passive consumers of technology and instead want to learn how to modify and create. One example is the "Ifixit" website that allows people to share information and access tools and parts of expensive, high-tech gizmos and work around the "planned obsolescence" that is built into things like IPhones. Another are the co-operative "Hacker Space" workshops that are sprouting like mushrooms all over North America. One last example are the "urban sharecroppers" who will grow large vegetable gardens in suburban lots and sell the results in Community Shared Agriculture programs and farmer's markets.