Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

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Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by sparr » Sun Nov 01, 2015 1:44 pm

As I travel more on the west coast, I encounter more and more people who don't consider regional attendees to be burners, or Burning Man Regional Network events to be burns. At BM this year I got to watch about a dozen people ask my girlfriend how many burns she'd been to, and the look on their faces when she said "this is my second burn, first burning man" was priceless. Having spent the first ~7 years of my burn culture experience on the east coast, the majority of the burners that I know have never attended BM, and probably never will, due to prohibitive travel costs. I can only imagine the ratio is even lower in Israel or South Africa, both of which seem to have thriving local events. What do you folks on eplaya think of this distinction and divide in burner culture?
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by BBadger » Sun Nov 01, 2015 3:17 pm

I use "burner" to mean, by definition, someone who has attended Burning Man itself at least once -- and is intending on going again. Otherwise it'd be "have not gone to Burning Man" or "went to Burning Man". The term, for me, also does not connote good or bad things, only the above. Attending the event doesn't mean you're a good or bad person; it's what you do in life.

I wouldn't use "burner" to refer to attending regional burns any more than using "the burn" to refer to regional burns. Yes, regional are "burns" but the distinction is made to not dilute the term that usually refers to Burning Man itself. You could even say "I'm a regional burner," which would work.

Note that this is not to make less of regional burns because they're great in their own way.
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by gaminwench » Sun Nov 01, 2015 3:49 pm

I agree with Bbadger.
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by maladroit » Sun Nov 01, 2015 6:31 pm

So say we all?

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by Token » Sun Nov 01, 2015 7:27 pm

Ya ain't a burner until you can tell me what it smells like at BM.

Regionals are a far cry from the real thing.

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Post by Captain Goddammit » Sun Nov 01, 2015 7:46 pm

Is calling yourself a New Yorker if you've never even been to New York ridiculous?
I'm saying yes.
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by maladroit » Sun Nov 01, 2015 8:08 pm

You're still a virgin even if you've watched a LOT of porn.

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by Jackass » Sun Nov 01, 2015 8:27 pm

maladroit wrote:You're still a virgin even if you've watched a LOT of porn.
Really?? Damn it!... You mean to tell me that the slow, but persistent onslaught of blindness is all in vain?
Sooner or later, it will get real strange...

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by maladroit » Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:01 pm

Jackass wrote:
maladroit wrote:You're still a virgin even if you've watched a LOT of porn.
Really?? Damn it!... You mean to tell me that the slow, but persistent onslaught of blindness is all in vain?
Your body adapts. Know how a cat's whiskers act as extra sensors for getting around with low visibility? That extra hair on your palms will come in handy! You can beat this.

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by Jackass » Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:35 pm

(( ...should have worn boxing gloves more frequently... ))
Sooner or later, it will get real strange...

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by graidawg » Tue Nov 03, 2015 2:27 pm

Yup got to agree with the crowd on this one, burner is for burning man, why don't you try and start a phrase for regional burners?
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by sparr » Tue Nov 03, 2015 4:45 pm

graidawg wrote:why don't you try and start a phrase for regional burners?
It's far too late for that (even if I had that sort of pull, which I obviously don't). The phrase for that has been "burner" to too many thousands of people for way too many years for me to make a dent in the vernacular.
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by maladroit » Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:03 pm

sparr wrote:The phrase for that has been "burner" to too many thousands of people for way too many years for me to make a dent in the vernacular.
Not sure about this, where's the data?

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by sparr » Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:09 pm

maladroit wrote:
sparr wrote:The phrase for that has been "burner" to too many thousands of people for way too many years for me to make a dent in the vernacular.
Not sure about this, where's the data?
The quickest place I can think of to find it would be the various "burner" forums, subreddits, facebook groups, meetups, etc, particularly on the east coast. There may be other better sources.
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by gaminwench » Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:11 pm

One can call oneself anything one likes, doing so doesn't alter reality.
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Post by GreyCoyote » Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:12 pm

How do you dent a vernacular? And why would you wish to do so? Is this a lashing-out due to repressed aggression or "mommy issues"? Can a dented vernacular be repaired? If so, how? And if not, do you just discard it? Are there recycling programs? In which states? Can you use it for a core charge for a new lexical or iconographic paradigm?

This is important stuff. We need to reach a concensus on this.

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by maladroit » Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:16 pm

sparr wrote:
maladroit wrote:
sparr wrote:The phrase for that has been "burner" to too many thousands of people for way too many years for me to make a dent in the vernacular.
Not sure about this, where's the data?
The quickest place I can think of to find it would be the various "burner" forums, subreddits, facebook groups, meetups, etc, particularly on the east coast. There may be other better sources.
OK why do I have to do your homework for you? Your history on this forum means that you no longer have the luxury of making unsupported statements.

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by sparr » Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:17 pm

maladroit wrote:
sparr wrote:
maladroit wrote:where's the data?
The quickest place I can think of to find it would be the various "burner" forums, subreddits, facebook groups, meetups, etc, particularly on the east coast. There may be other better sources.
OK why do I have to do your homework for you? Your history on this forum means that you no longer have the luxury of making unsupported statements.
What homework? You asked where, I answered your question. I haven't asked you to do any homework.
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by maladroit » Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:23 pm

maladroit wrote:where's the data?
sparr wrote:The quickest place I can think of to find it would be the various "burner" forums, subreddits, facebook groups, meetups, etc, particularly on the east coast. There may be other better sources.
sparr wrote:
maladroit wrote:OK why do I have to do your homework for you? Your history on this forum means that you no longer have the luxury of making unsupported statements.
What homework? You asked where, I answered your question. I haven't asked you to do any homework.
When I asked "where's the data" I wasn't asking for the places that the data exists and could be gathered from. I was asking why you haven't provided any data to support your claim that thousands of people already use "burner" to refer to someone who hasn't been to Burning Man.

It would be like you promising to bring a pizza to a party. You show up empty-handed. I ask you "Where's the pizza?" You answer with "Pizza ingredients can be purchased from local grocery stores and combined to make the aforementioned food." That is when you have to leave the party.

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by sparr » Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:46 pm

maladroit wrote:I wasn't asking for the places that the data exists and could be gathered from. I was asking why you haven't provided any data to support your claim that thousands of people already use "burner" to refer to someone who hasn't been to Burning Man.
Well, one answer to your "why"... Most burner mailing lists (for example, every official regional BM mailing list) have archives visible only to subscribers. I can't link you to the data you want, because it's behind a registration wall. The equivalent facebook groups don't provide post/comment searching capability. The closest you're going to find to aggregated data on the subject is searching the BM subreddits for the term "burner".
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by maladroit » Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:01 pm

sparr wrote:The closest you're going to find
No, not me...you. You go find the data and then make your point.

I like to put some trust in people who have more experience than me. Their opinions may be based on limited anecdotes, but their information is probably close enough to accurate. If the information seems shaky then it might be worth digging deeper to verify it. But for the most part, experienced people have a fairly close approximation of reality. Close enough to use that information in my own decision processes. This network of trust saves vast amounts of time, because running every nuance into the dirt means spending too much time verifying information that was already accurate enough to use, rather than progressing forward.

There are many people here who could make a statement like your "thousands of people" one, and I would be inclined to accept it at that and move on. However, I don't trust your experience and I don't see you as a valid source of information. You run everyone else's opinions and shared experience into the ground, ignore what we say, ask questions and then reject all the answers in favor of the one you already had in mind. That means any opinion you have is highly likely to be tainted by your own biases.

So from now on, you don't get to make points without providing the supporting data. If you can't support your point, then perhaps you should wonder whether it's a valid point at all.

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by sparr » Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:04 pm

Why would I put effort into supporting a point that no one disagrees with? Not a single person here has so much as *suggested* that I'm wrong. If you want to say "You're wrong about the prevalence of that term being used the way you say", great. Say that. Then maybe some data will be required. Until then... why would either of us go looking for that data?
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by gaminwench » Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:14 pm

I went to Flipside last year, my first regional.

I met many wonderful people who were Flipside regulars.

I met very few who had been to Burning Man, many who hoped to someday.
Those folks didn't call themselves burners; their term of choice was Flipizens.
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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by maladroit » Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:19 pm

Everyone else in this thread has stated that they consider the term "burner" not to apply to regional burners. You put forward some numbers claiming that thousands of people already do use it that way, forcing the weight of these "thousands" against our handful of opinions here. That is absolutely you calling us wrong (in response to us merely stating opinions), so the burden of proof is yours.

Completely aside from that, I now consider every statement you make to be wrong, unless you provide independently verified sources for your information. This is in response to your endless nitpicking.

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by DrYes » Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:20 pm

Call yourself what you want. Words have different meanings in different contexts. In the context of the Burning Man community, you're not a burner unless you've been to Burning Man. If people who spend their time in Newark want to consider themselves New Yorkers, that's their business, but people who live in New York are going to chuckle at that.

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by graidawg » Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:28 pm

Sparr once again I judge you and find you wanting.

Your data is entirely absent, youmstate something andnexpect us to accept it as fact. When we do the same you do not believe us, so provide some evidence or stfu.
Just as aren't an officer if you are in rotc, you aren't a burner if you go to regionals.

I would go as far as you aren't a burner if you've only been to burning man once. Just as someone who had a boxing match once can't call themself a boxer, or if you got the ferry to staten island wouldn't make you a sailor

So here's a suggestion try and join the community instead of critiquing it don't be adversarial and challenging, this isn't some bdsm dungeon
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Post by BBadger » Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:30 pm

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by tamarakay » Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:05 pm

I am in the middle on this. To me the term burner is a way of thinking and interacting with the world. It is not limited to those who are fortunate enough to a have made the trek to Nevada. I have met and interacted with people here in Texas that have never been to black rock, but the burner spirit is in them and they burn hard. And I have met a few people who have been to black rock that are the worst of humanity. It would physically hurt me to call them burners.

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Re: Burners who don't go to Burning Man?

Post by maladroit » Tue Nov 03, 2015 10:25 pm

I don't think the term itself has any bearing on the behavior of people. Sometimes people are awesome, caring, and creative...sometimes they're not.

Even a shitty person could be a burner, if they in fact go to Burning Man. Unless you want to start implementing "no true Burner" type judgements on people, and stripping this "title" from someone based on how they behave.

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Post by Elderberry » Tue Nov 03, 2015 10:37 pm

Can someone be a Muslim without doing the pilgrimage to Mecca?
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