No. Setting aside 43,000 tickets to credit cards you can only assume are going to go to actual "participants" rather than e-tards and sparkle ponies, is turning Burning Man tickets into a commodity. Setting aside 10,000 for people who promise to and have an established record of bringing cool shit to the playa or doing cool shit for the people is not commodification. It's natural selection.Burnerbot wrote:~Burning Man Principle 3Decommodification
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
Isn't Burning Man turning the art installations, theme camps, etc. into commodities by setting aside 10,000 tickets for them? Whereby the art projects and theme camps are the commodity and the price of the ticket is the price you pay to experience them.
It's what we all want. Cool people doing cool shit on the playa. Not tens of thousands tourists trying to figure out how to update their Facebook status from the middle of the desert and wondering where all the cool shit they heard about went.
For a lot of people here, it appears that Black Rock City is not something to go help build, it's something you get a ticket for, and then you show up and expect other camps to have the city build for you, and take legal responsibility (!!!) for your shit and let you participate in their projects. Somebody else brings the generator and tools and materials for you to use and, goddammit, you're entitled to be radically included.
Apparently, in some weird little e-playa-only world, U-Haul tents and plastic dome structures are more interesting that groups of people who plan ahead and collaborate on something that's more interesting to look at from, say, space than a bunch of dusty Subarus, tarps and rented trucks.