Social Science of the Playa

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Social Science of the Playa

Post by burpingman » Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:42 pm

If you like sociology and anthropology, you might like this:

If you like it, share the link!

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Re: Social Science of the Playa

Post by Sham » Sat Aug 17, 2013 2:40 pm

Nice link!

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Re: Social Science of the Playa

Post by PhoenixFemmeFatale » Sun Aug 18, 2013 6:58 am

This article was an 'aha moment' for me. People keep asking why I want to go to Burning Man and I honestly couldn't answer them! I now realize its the sociology of the event that interests me and the creative currents that draw me to it. Very interesting! Thanks!
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Re: Social Science of the Playa

Post by pink » Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:52 pm

I just posted the article on Facebook as an explanation of what draws me to the Burn. Thanks for being so eloquent.
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Re: Social Science of the Playa

Post by Elderberry » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:23 pm

Can someone just give me the executive summary? That article's kind of long.
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Post by BBadger » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:57 am

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Re: Social Science of the Playa

Post by robbidobbs » Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:04 pm

Thank you BurpingMan for posting this. I'm a social scientist, which drew me to my art form: advertising campaign.
It's funny, this year I was using the term Social Engineering all week. Haven't done that in my career if memory serves. This awareness turned my work out there into an even greater sense of purpose, in that I was consciously cognizant of what I really am doing. It focused my energy better is one way to look at it.

The part in the article about playa names was interesting. My name has a family history with it, and only serendipitously associated with my fav shordurpersave (Bob). I enjoy gifting playa names to volunteers who are seeking them, and so many of my volunteers are virgins that they are ecstatic when I tell them their new identity. I believe it makes them more a part of the community.

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Re: Social Science of the Playa

Post by moonrise » Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:52 pm

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