Hey, Great Honesty and Interesting Viewpoints.
In regard to you comment about not coming back, please do not leave entirely, as I think some of your ideas are good and you can pursue your complaints from within the event, or even a protest inside. I agree with some of the things you indicated about the spectators, but I think some viewing, observing, and simply watching is fine and should encouraged to some extent. However, the only viewing actions should be downplayed and not so organized like going to a concert show, or a snobby night club, or attending a government facility that demands orderly citizens. I guess people sort of replicate what they know subconsciously, like a strict night clubs, or some orderly school play, or some amusement park. We need the experienced burners who really love spontaneity and participation, so please do not give up complete hope, and please raise this issue again if necessary.
For the BMan of 2004, I had a good time, but I also experienced really odd bureaucracy and overly controlling aspects, and I had to deal with many people who were caught up in a social hierarchy, pecking order sort of attitude. And yes some of the population seemed like mere tourists, some good, some hyper, and some very bad. In regard to the Art, there were many sandstorms that got in the way of many Art Installs. I was the lead for one Art Install, Oracle of Life-Aware Flag, that took much longer than expected due to not getting supplies in time, and not getting some help from certain people who did not show up, and one person left stuff at the gate for me, but no-one told me, which I only found out after I had to go back to Reno for other supplies. But despite all of the troubles and heartache, it was still a pretty good event; and I also met many great people, and high quality participants; and some great new Art from both experienced artists and brand new artists.
Maybe instead of $250 for a ticket, the Event Organizers should only require $100 plus some proof the person will participate, and she or he will protest any overly controlling aspect, or at least have some Spontaneity Participation Training; but would that new requirement be too controlling? When does a strong suggestion of less watching and more participation become over controlling itself? Could some types of viewing be considered participation? The silver lining of this problem mentioned, is that it brings up some serious questions, study, and sparks of contemplation about spectators, participation, cultural history of the BMan, preferred attitudes, different sub-cultures of the BMan, ideas of what could be done, and awareness.
Live Long Burners! Keep the Ideals Alive, Strike Up Conversations, and Participate, even when things seem to be going bad, The "Ultimate Burner" and Participator will Burn On Despite Obstacles; and will even continuing free expressions, non-traditional behavior in the Other World (Non-BM World).
Relax, Be Bold, Dream, Live Large, Elevate