Eric wrote:Talking about having a head stuck in the sand. Piss Clear existed for 13 years (and had closed up shop before you ever hit the playa) and had lots of articles bashing the Org & the way they did things, ePlaya has been a constant source of questioning and complaining about all facets of how Burning Man is run since before I joined (and that was 11 years ago), as was the Tribe group, and the current facebook group is.A-RockLeFrench wrote:Maybe we do need more. Considering that up until now there has been ONE. One dissenting voice publicly calling on the Borg for more accountability and integrity.
There have always been lots of dissenting voices taking on the Org - BORG2 (2005) didn't happen through lack of dissent, it explicitly came out of people hating the way art grants were handled at the time. The ticket kerfuffle in 2012 was a huge amount of dissenting voices forcing a change in the ticket program - in the middle of it. Every change the Org makes is run through the Burner mill, ground and parsed and argued over. Just go pick any random year in the archives of this board & start re-reading some of the issues.
If anything b.m is all about "look at me" blogging, and driving clicks to his site. While I'm happy with the way things seem to be moving (we won't know for sure until we're on playa), giving Captain Clickbait the sole credit is ludicrous. There were plenty of voices leading the charge, lots on here, and he fed off it.
This may be the only time I wholeheartedly agree with Eric. Piss Clear was a prominent voice of opposition, and not just to the the BMORG, the DPW and dickishness of all stripes. Let's not forget Chicken John's role very vocal over the years on various aspects of BMORG behavior and there have been others. And lets not forget co-founeder of the event John Law's long crusade against many of the ORG's policies and specifically with regards to the copyright and ownership of the Burning Man name and image.
Suffice it to say there have been and continue to be many voices that bring to light alternative and oppositional viewpoints with regards to Burning Man Org policy. And somehow they managed to do it without the dickishness exhibited by burnerxxx (which goes along way to explaining why he sought anonymity). Ok, Chicken John could be pretty dickish too but he's an incorrigible and loveable rapscallion