Dear LeChat...I copy you on your respect and send it back to you in this message.
You make a distinction between "advertising" (i.e. eBay) and "promotions" (i.e. Google). I do not. In my bookkeeping the two are filed as one to my tax accountant under the same heading.
I object to the viral advertisement via Google through the use of their network and the exposure that Burning Man receives to the Google market.
At the risk of comparing the two corporations ('cause I know it's been a the butt of jokes but bear with me) Disney cracks down on the unauthorized use of their copyright, no matter what. You cant even paint Mickey Mouse on your store window for Christmas without the Disney cops on your ass. Similarly, Simpsons characters, are also protected quite aggressively as well. What's the harm? Disney and Fox collects licensing fees for their work, that's what's the harm.
BMorg can't have it both ways: enforce the mark here, but turn a blind eye there.
Remember when Jerri Manthey (the gal on Survivor) did the PlayBoy spread? This is a classic example of "product placement". BMorg sure as hell did not get all up in PlayBoy's ass about it like they did with "Girls Gone Wild".
Anyway, I want to avoid heated debate, LeChatNoir, so I would like to focus on something else that you said for moment:
I'm going to raise my voice and try to keep it from getting to the point where I have to quit coming.
From personal experience I can tell you: Good luck. Seriously. Good luck. It boggles the mind that this article was featured in a magazine called Business 2.0 because there is nothing about BMorg that I can tell is 2.0.
For one: there's no transparency and no accountability from BMorg.
A cute meme such as "Burning Man is a do-ocracy!" is a seemingly benign yet propagandist motto that deludes burners to the fact that the business of Burning Man is far from a democracy. It still operates on an out-dated (and perhaps obsolete) top-down-for-profit business model. Time and time again, the BMorg fails to connect with their customers until..and rather ironically... they've got to put out
a bunch of fires like in this current burning brouhaha.