So this is on the blog again:
http://blog.burningman.com/2012/04/tenp ... ification/
One notable clarification:
“Adventure” outfits (defined as purely commercial businesses offering a full service camp experience that have no connection to our culture and community) providing “a Burning Man Experience” are not considered to be Plug and Play camps, and as of this year they will no longer be allowed at the event.
Something that makes me wonder:
It has long been a goal of the Burning Man organization to affect the default world, creating lasting impacts that change the way people live their daily lives.
I would ask the following: What impact do you really want to create?
I really don't believe that it is possible to purchase a "transformative experience," although there is a long line of hucksters ready to take large sums of money off your hands in exchange for convincing you that you went through one. I worry about that here.
Flashy lights, thumpy bass, and giant burning sculptures make for a hell of a party - don't get me wrong - I do
appreciate the party. Are we really talking about something more?
When I used to teach precalculus, I would tell my class that my goal was always to give everyone an A. But I wasn't going to be a liar about it, I wasn't going to sell out. They had to really know it, they had to put in the effort, do the exercises, and understand. My role was to do everything in my power to get the process moving, and to evaluate them honestly. If we all succeeded, I could give all As.
A lot of people just wanted to get the A, not learn the math. They wanted to fake it somehow. They wanted to do some extra-credit that wasn't really working towards real mathematical skill - like writing an essay on an article on the news. Or just not do anything and tell me to grade easier. It was very hard to hold my ground - sometimes against both parents and and administration - and say no, I want you to learn a skill, or at least try, and I want to actually help you to that end.
So you get your RV package, you pay your massive camp dues, you go party, look at trippy art, take your drink/smoke/pill of choice, have a blast, and then, just like you were conditioned to say - as you are now a burner - you say that it changed your life.