Nitevenus wrote:Is it my imagination or does it seem that many people don't want to actually *read* any more? Not just read but comprehend. That comment doesn't just pertain to new burners..... With so much effort and information put into the website and on eplaya, some newbies should come away with something. Chalk it up to A.D.D?? Who knows. Kudos to you new ones who are getting it right.
My first year was overprepared and it came in helpful to those who weren't. Because of that it was what became my main items of gifting. The hats and cool snakes seem to sit idle. My extra fuel, first aid, tie downs and light up toys went quickly..
Some one here said the best gift that a newbie can give is being prepared. To that, I agree!!
I would be tempted to agree with you. I think its less about ADD and more about the instant gratification that the "Internet Age" provides. Its very easy to get used to that I guess. Part of BM is about detachment from expectation, but I suppose that if you don't get that part somewhat before making your journey to the playa (this would esp. apply to those newbies who somehow decide to go to BM with a more last minute timeline), than that might be what prevents you from having the hindsight to read up on things like the prep guide.
Take this scenario:
My friend R is about my age too. She and her are great "stage sisters" when we perform, but her and I are like polar opposites to how we got brought up. In fact, her and I's prep is very different. Unemployed, I make a lot of plans well in advance, and research ways to make the show a success despite my very tight budget. Meanwhile, R prepares for the event as if "everything will always work out in the end." In fact, I was met with that logic during one of our shows where she decided to do a complete change of things at the last minute. I figured that with little prep for such a change, it is entirely possible that hings go wrong so I encouraged her to look into some alternate options should things go sideways.
They did go sideways and when it came down to helping her pull out Plan B, she told me that she did not have one. With only 2 hours before showtime she grew very depressed about things blowing up in her face and it took a friend to coax her to the stage that year. I was proud that we all pulled together and the show was still a smashing success, but I couldn't help but think if attachment to the "it all works out in the end" expectation was why she did not have a secondary plan when things went wrong.
I cant help but wonder if some of the Virgin Burners are influenced by the stories from peers about the year of their "de-virginization". From that, they get this idea in their heads that Virgin Burners are going to get a free pass if they are unprepared, solely because of how helpful the community is. So, these under prepared people are likely to shirk areas of prep because of that.