**Yes I'd agree. The Org wanted us to re-print and rehash a lot of old stuff that was covered in many other publications handed out. Much was redundant.
(quote) "You see, Piss Clear functions more like a Black Rock City lifestyle and culture magazine, rather than a traditional company newsletter -- which basically what the Black Rock Gazette is. "
**You are entitled to your opinion.
(quote) "While certainly I have no interest in Piss Clear suddenly becoming -- by default -- the de facto establishment newspaper on the playa, there are certainly other ways that BMorg can get information out to Black Rock City citizens without having to publish it in a pretend "newspaper" -- much of which simply contains space-filler in the guise of nepotistic articles on someone's theme camp or art project. "
**ooh I hardly thought we were pretending. Can you please wash the mud off me now?
(quote) "Perhaps a scaled-down version of the BRG is in order. Personally, I am APPALLED that the Gazette costs $40,000 a year to produce. That is ridiculous and bloated, and sounds like a HUGE waste of money (not unlike most of the BMorg departments, I'm sure.) "
** A VERY inaccurate statement. It was approximately 20k.
Why does the BRG need an air-conditioned trailer? Or multiple workstations? Or a staff of dozens? Too many cooks ... I tell you.
**Another exaggeration BRG had 2 on staff BMorg. I believe actually it was only one, the publisher who would have received a small stipend to organize the whole thing. As far as AC'd trailers, this was to keep the many very old donated computers running and to cut down on dust in the machines. It is actually not a great thing going in and out of the heat and me personally I worked on my laptop in my non AC'd old trailer in camp. Multi work stations were needed for volunteers that wanted to come and write their own stories, or submit photos. We take submissions from all of BM not just our own crew. Its part of being an interactive camp and community.
(quote) "Scale down and scale back. Spending $40,000 on the BRG is just plain stupid. It doesn't have to cost that much ... certainly Piss Clear doesn't cost that much, otherwise we wouldn't still be publishing after ten years. We keep our staff small and our costs low."
**Piss Clear also does NOT do current news. We reported and wrote 90% of it on the Playa. Big difference. We actually had to produce there. The paper would get uploaded to a place in Reno where it was printed and then brought down the next morning for our disreps to get it out there way before noon. In regards to your 40k budget claim I refer to my previous statement. That seems to be an issue with you, take it up with Larry at the burn and publish that in your newspaper, oh wait thats not possible you are likely printing your issues now.
(quote) "Most of the useful information the BRG provides is simply regurgitated mantras for newbies. As for the rest of the editorial content, well ... the citizens of Black Rock City deserve better."
**We're you not a newbie once? Should we ignore them?
**Better? Well most of the xBRG staff hopes so thats why we've started the Black Rock Beacon, reported, produced and printed solely on the Playa.
**So all in all, we're still out there, aiming for the same size circulation and hustling out there for donations. Anyone that would like to volunteer, donate cash, write, photog, distribute papers, come see me or write: firstname.lastname@example.org
. A website should be up soon. www.blackrockbeacon.org
**Thanks everyone for your kind words of support, please come by our camp and say hi over a cup of coffee at the Int'l Press Bar located in the Black Rock Beacon Camp.