DaBomb wrote:Here's the thing:
I think this is a step in the right direction. Burning Man was featured in B2.0 it is a business that is operating in a new and innovative fashion. Maybe not as radically new as it would like to believe, but nevertheless, you gotta admit it's different.
I think we all can agree that BM the event changes every year...as it should. Well, likewise I commend the growth of the LLC. It has been a long time coming.
I also think that LH's purported presence here on ePlaya (if it is in fact true) is a positive result of all the controversy. I support this move and hope that it develops and flourish. I am loathe to think that the archaic Corporation v. the Community business model (i.e. Walmart) is how BM will continue to operate. If it does, then I really do believe the sky will fall (again...).
When new things get introduced to say the Mac community (!) Steve Jobs puts on a show and presents it to the world.
Even our President (be that as he may) makes a State of the Union Address every year. Say what you want about the messenger, but he does deliver a message! (ook! ook!)
If LH did this, I think this bumpy ride could have been averted, IMHO.
My two cents. Your mileage may vary.
And don't forget to DRINK!
Steve Jobs uses press conferences as a way to get millions of dollar in free advertising. It's funny that you should mention Apple - they're one of the more secretive companies out there. They spend years working on products and only at the very end do they let any information out. That information is highly controlled. The president and his various talking heads use the media to spread their spin, not to have any sort of dialogue or provide insight. I'll wait to see what Larry posts, but I'm not sure what he could have said that would make me feel good about what's happening or what was in the article.
I don't agree at all with the notion, which several people have posted here, that because Burning Man changes as it gets bigger that any change is good. The only necessary changes have been in increasing the infrastructure to support the increased number of people, and in dealing with new political and logistical challenges as they come along. All other changes such as how they deal with the media, how much ticket money is diverted to artists and other projects, etc have been voluntary and I don't see a problem with speaking our minds when we disagree with those decisions.
BMORG is, in essence, our local government. It lacks voting and the transparency of a typical government so our only options are to complain or move. I'm not ready to move.