arbitrary: (adjective) having or showing a tendency to force one’s will on others without any regards to fairness or necessity.

In “Why Collaborate” Ellen Lupton states: “I have enjoyed voluntary, informal collaborations with my friends, but i have resented being forced into arbitrary, mismatched teams in the name of social correctness”

In other words, Ellen Lupton is saying that she doesn’t like working in groups with people that don’t have the same creative mindset as her.

Lupton’s point is that, you’re better off working alone, because working in a group with people who don’t view the project the same way as you, can be unfair to you.

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