jkisha wrote:The Drifter wrote:unjonharley wrote:Your blue bike is missing..
There are a few blue bikes at BM..
You want the cops to stop every one on a blue bike and question them..
Your sure your bike is being kept in "a" camp..
Now you want the cops to get a warrent to search every camp at Bm.
It's BMorg's fault some one took your bike..
The BMorg sold tickets to people that seal bikes..
The Bmorg should run background checks of all ticket holders.
You are a stupid ass..
LOCK YOUR FUCKING BIKE
Yup. The culture of Burning Man has changed, and it now consists primarily of people like you. After a decade of being a contributing member of this community (I have created and financed two official theme camps and one official playa art structure among other projects), it's no longer for me. 2011 was my last year. Goodbye.
If that's all it takes to dissuade you from going, bye bye!
It's not. Comments like this don't mean a thing to me. There is a much bigger picture here, far beyond this thread or any message board. But fewer and fewer people "get it", and that's the problem.
Let me provide another example that might be easier for a wider variety of (open minded) people to understand. In 2011 one of our generous fellow Burners was again offering brief showers to the dirty masses. (This was on the 2:00 side periphery) It was a wonderful service that had been provided at great financial and personal sacrifice by the individual providing it. One day they were unable to provide showers at the exact time that had been advertised. And it was then that we saw the changing culture of Burning Man. The crowd reacted with a vicious rancor toward the person providing the service. They were shouting vulgarities at him and unleashing terrible negativity that one would not have seen ten years ago.
Here's another example. My camp contributed to the playa art in 2011, and with that came the necessary lighting to prevent it from being hit by art cars and drunkards on bikes (myself included). We accomplished this lighting in part with solar ground lights. About halfway through the week, someone had broken open all the solar LEDs and left the shells for MOOP. They did this knowing full well that our project would be deprived of proper lighting and therefore may have been destroyed... And BTW people urinated on our project and left garbage around it too, so it was not just one person.... It was at that point that I understood that BM culture was changing in a way that no longer valued respect for others above all else. To destroy another person's gift in order to gain one small thing. This is new. And it is no longer isolated.
Few people "get it" anymore, and it seems, most people don't want to. This thread is merely another example of that.