ranger magnum wrote:And why do we care about any of this?
Simply put, some people seem to get a sense of belonging discussing the issue ad infinitum
-- on ePlaya, the BM blog, xxxme, etc. Our friend SS above is the perfect example. Suddenly they are part of something and find validation in the delusion. BM is a fun party in the desert... Not some new world order! It's not home! It's not sustainable! It's been commodified for many years!
Anyone working behind the scenes knows this.
I really wish they would either move on and enjoy the event or find something else to do with their time. Instead they would rather beat the horse into a liquid purée. On and on and on and on and on and on and on..... Jesus f'n Christ already. Move on!
It's really that simple.
That's your take. Mine is that much of the fun and meaning of going to Burning Man, for me, was that this gathering was somewhat unique in that there was no VIP experience to be bought, there was no standing around staring at millionaires on a stage while dying just a little. That the people camping next to you could be literally anyone from any possible socio-economic background, and that everyone mingled freely. With all the recent controversy, that feeling is getting harder to maintain. Sure, if I end up going next year, it'll be an awesome, fun time. But it won't be as meaningful, for me.
It's really that simple. Not sure why some people can't understand that. Not to say that you must feel the same way, but it shouldn't be that difficult to understand that Burning Man means a helluva a lot more than a party in the desert to a lot of people.
Although I agree with you that Burning Man is not some kind of new world order, and that it absolutely, in it's actual playa form, is not sustainable 24/7. And THAT fact, I think, is what is now lost on Larry & Co. as they try to expand their vision with the ridiculous Burning Man Project, all the while selling out what made the TEMPORARY Autonomous Zone out in the desert so awesome. Nobody but the BMORG gives a shit about the Burning Man Project. The event is what the whole fucking point is. It’s a spiritual/emotional recharge for those of us who make it out there, and gives us energy and clarity to then go out into the world and do whatever good it is that we come up with. THAT is all we need of spreading “Burning Man culture”. For fuck’s sake.