We contribute our interactive camps, art, and volunteer work to the event in the expectation that others are doing the same thing in whatever manner they can. When that expectation breaks down, why should we continue to contribute our efforts to the event?
indeed good question!
when the event is turned into a commodity where camps are making cash profit, or accepting cash from clients to break even.. and it is deemed as acceptable to the folks who are supposed to be stewarding this community as a whole.. it certainly puts those who contribute without such monetary motivations in an interesting position....... a position of being the schmuck......... surrounded by people profiting off of their genuine efforts.
it is one thing for the LLC to profit off of the event that they organize... they set the stage for all participants and without their efforts there would be no burning man.
but to become the entertainment for profiteering entrepreneurs posing as participants on top of it? ..thats something else... the equality of the communal effort is gone
I can only see allowing and encouraging such vendor related camps as something that will encourage "IF I CANT BEAT EM.. I'LL JOIN EM!!" attitudes..
that is, of course, if anyone cares to show up at all..
once groups realize one of the things that largely brought many of them out to the event has been removed....the thing that binded many people, as far as i can see from the reaction to this... i.e. genuine effort to do shit because you like doing shit.. not for monetary gain.. you lose the thing that many people out there were largely.. from comments i read.. going out to find.
simply put, once ya taint the well, aint many gonna wanna drink from it.
it seems like openly encouraging this activity, whether its been pervasive in the past or not, (at least based upon what ive been seeing around the net on this issue) will taint the well.
we all have to deal with the giant 'plug n play' camp that is burning man itself, the LLC is for profit and we have to deal with that..
but dare i say, something in the social contract between us and the LLC ..was that they wouldnt allow someone to come in to the event and profit off of the participants.. to turn our efforts in to a commodity.
This is from the BURNING MAN TICKETS: TERMS AND CONDITIONS:.. it is from Section 5: Use of Images:
Cameras are welcomed at Burning Man, where they have long been an important part of Black Rock City’s storytelling history. Burning Man has worked to encourage the sharing of our community’s identity and cultural information through photography, videography, and film. Burning Man also seeks to protect that culture from unchecked commercialization or commodification, and to moderate an environment where participants’ rights to privacy, free expression, and creative immediacy are given additional consideration by our community. Your entrance to the event is your acceptance of the terms, conditions and guidelines in these Terms and Conditions
These guidelines and agreements are aimed at protecting Black Rock City’s inhabitants and its cultural values; they may seem unusual at first glance, but Burning Man’s goal is to preserve the principle of Decommodification within the Burning Man event
While this section seems to be limited to Use of Images.. it echoes another aspect of this Social Contract.. that the LLC espouses.. in the form of the 10 principles.
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
It seems to me that the LLC is able to rationalize away this obvious commercialization and commodification of the burning man experience due to the participatory nature of some
of these types of vendor camps... as i see it, they arent really living up to their end of the bargain by allowing them at all.