MikeVDS wrote:Let's try this thought experiment. Let's say that of 68,000 total tickets 67,000 of them went to selected camps and only 1000 in the general sale? Is that radically inclusive? I think everyone would agree that in this extreme example, it is most definitely not.
That's an extreme example and we are far from it but you have to admit that at some point of giving specified groups tickets you can no longer make the claim that there are no "prerequisites" for going to Burning Man. I have no idea what the number are this year but last I think about 10,000 of about 65,000 went to selected camps. At some number, calling that radically inclusive goes out the window.
No, what I'm wondering is why suddenly this Directed Distribution became that red line that transformed the event from "radically inclusive" to not-really-so-radically-inclusive. I mean really, what is the standard here, or is there no standard because it just "some number" as you stated above?
If it's some sort of arbitrary
number quite frankly I don't think you have anything to go on here. Either that, or the moment tickets ever sold out was the moment that "radically inclusive" didn't exist because now it didn't matter how many resources you had, it didn't guarantee you could attend. That's still not the fault of DD. Other programs, including LIT, guest tickets, honorarium tickets, etc. are equally not so "radically inclusive" as DD, if not moreso. So why single out DD among all of these? An arbitrary number? That's as arbitrary as deciding some ticket price was the cutoff after which Burning Man ceased to be financially radically inclusive. Or maybe location? Or how about time of the year? Or the dominant type of music?
Such flimsy, arbitrary metrics have nothing to do with "radically inclusiveness." Rather it's the concept any person can potentially attend, and aren't going to barred, if the person has a ticket. Nothing is said about whether you'll find a ticket, be able to afford it, be able to afford the trip, be able to allocate the time in your schedule, or anything else. Nothing is said about fairness either, because Burning Man is not about enforcing equality. All of those things have always been limitations to "inclusiveness" -- often moreso than ticket scarcity has ever caused.