Maybe this is just an Apex

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Maybe this is just an Apex

Postby Clar-i-ty » Sat Nov 12, 2011 7:15 am

In a lot of ways I think Burning Man has gone mainstream. I've seen evidence of Burning Man fashion out in the default world, and yes even outside San Francisco. I no longer get an immediate blank stare when I say the word Playa, and more and more I think it's appearing on bucket lists for folks from all over. So yes. We are a lot more popular than we use to be.

But if I've learned anything on the Playa it's that those who return on an annual basis for more than say 3 or 4 years are fewer in number than say the fair-weather Burner, who maybe comes a few times but then decides to get on with life in the Default World. Some people are Burners on the Playa, some are Burners for Life. There's nothing wrong with that.

I guess my point is, that maybe we've reached some sort of Apex, a critical mass if you will in our little experiment in the desert. And perhaps it will be that in years to come we will start to see a fall in attendance, as the fad of "doing Burning Man," begins to wain. Then we won't have to deal with scalpers, fake tickets, ridiculous ebay offers, et cetera, et cetera et cetera.

Please understand. I fully support radical inclusion. But I also recognize this as a tipping point of what Burning Man will be for the generation. I hope WE don't fuck it up.
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Re: Maybe this is just an Apex

Postby ygmir » Sat Nov 12, 2011 7:41 am

hhhmmm........good thoughts. It will be interesting, with these changes, the "non-profit" changover, and all that..........will it change? Or, will participants/ attendees be the real change, as far as demographics.
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Postby Elderberry » Sat Nov 12, 2011 9:34 am

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Re: Maybe this is just an Apex

Postby DrYes » Sat Nov 12, 2011 9:36 am

Clar-i-ty wrote:I guess my point is, that maybe we've reached some sort of Apex, a critical mass if you will in our little experiment in the desert. And perhaps it will be that in years to come we will start to see a fall in attendance, as the fad of "doing Burning Man," begins to wain. Then we won't have to deal with scalpers, fake tickets, ridiculous ebay offers, et cetera, et cetera et cetera.



With all due respect, anyone who is serious about going to Burning Man didn't have to deal with scalpers, fake tickets, ridiculous ebay offers, etc etc because they got off their ass and bought a ticket months before that scarcity was an issue.

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Re: Maybe this is just an Apex

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:52 am

this years Ticket Drama is not as good as last years Ticket Drama...
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Re: Maybe this is just an Apex

Postby FIGJAM » Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:40 am

But it's a pretty good preview!
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Re: Maybe this is just an Apex

Postby Clar-i-ty » Sat Nov 12, 2011 3:39 pm

DrYes wrote:
Clar-i-ty wrote:I guess my point is, that maybe we've reached some sort of Apex, a critical mass if you will in our little experiment in the desert. And perhaps it will be that in years to come we will start to see a fall in attendance, as the fad of "doing Burning Man," begins to wain. Then we won't have to deal with scalpers, fake tickets, ridiculous ebay offers, et cetera, et cetera et cetera.


With all due respect, anyone who is serious about going to Burning Man didn't have to deal with scalpers, fake tickets, ridiculous ebay offers, etc etc because they got off their ass and bought a ticket months before that scarcity was an issue.


When I say "deal with" I mean deal with the consequences of. Apologies. I'm normally much more precise in my words, thus the Playa name. I have to admit, this revelation has me a little shaken. I don't like the idea that there is a chance that anyone who wants to, may not be able to attend.

I know it's a cardinal sin to show my soft under belly on this board, so for those who rely on my surly, biting remarks STOP READING NOW!!!

As one who is struggling in this economy, I have to admit, I'm starting to resent the "serious Burners" and "those who have their shit together" remarks. I do have my shit together and I am a serious Burner. I work my ass off to be able to go every year. Just because I don't have a windfall of cash available on the day tickets go on sale doesn't mean I'm not serious. It means like many others, I'm making it work the best I can. This is just another obstacle that I will have to overcome, and honestly it has me worried.
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Re: Maybe this is just an Apex

Postby junglesmacks » Sat Nov 12, 2011 3:41 pm

Last year's apex was better.
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Re: Maybe this is just an Apex

Postby melotronix » Sat Nov 12, 2011 3:48 pm

No matter what, this will be interesting to see how it plays out.
It is a grand human experiment, and they have the numbers to try what they want.
I guess this will also help to increase readership of the JackRabbit newsletter eh?

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Re: Maybe this is just an Apex

Postby DrYes » Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:03 pm

Clar-i-ty wrote:As one who is struggling in this economy, I have to admit, I'm starting to resent the "serious Burners" and "those who have their shit together" remarks. I do have my shit together and I am a serious Burner. I work my ass off to be able to go every year. Just because I don't have a windfall of cash available on the day tickets go on sale doesn't mean I'm not serious. It means like many others, I'm making it work the best I can. This is just another obstacle that I will have to overcome, and honestly it has me worried.


That sucks, sorry to hear it. I spoke too quickly I think - I have empathy for folks in your situation. Hope you can make it!

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Re: Maybe this is just an Apex

Postby Ugly Dougly » Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:02 am

The BMorg needs to actively sponsor some of the regionals, and make them viable alternatives to the original Burn.

The Burn evolved when it left the beach, then it evolved when it stopped being a free-entry event, then it evolved again in 1997 when certain rules were imposed. It can evolve again. Or perish.

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Re: Maybe this is just an Apex

Postby trilobyte » Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:04 am

It might be an apex, or it could be another in a long line of things that people cried would ruin the event… but didn't.

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Re: Maybe this is just an Apex

Postby junglesmacks » Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:36 am

Simon of the Playa wrote:this years Ticket Drama is not as good as last years Ticket Drama...


Au contraire, mon frère..
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Re: Maybe this is just an Apex

Postby cpart » Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:58 am

trilobyte wrote:It might be an apex, or it could be another in a long line of things that people cried would ruin the event… but didn't.


The latter seems obvious.


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