Hey Fishy, I agree - what I was trying to get at was that I thought that BeachBum was identifying a big piece of the problem - not necessarily the solution. I agree that apps are not the answer, both for practical and philosophical reasons.theCryptofishist wrote:Well, 5280MeV, I don't think that that's going to have much of an effect on those sheltered campers either. I simply see them as having the best access to ghost-writing services. IF you're paying $20,000 to be pampered, are you really going to balk at a few hundred more for an essay?
I can imagine apps that say things like "Survival Plan: putt the lime in the coconut LOL WAT" when they really mean that they are going to build a two story juice bar with flame effects.
Or people who plan on bringing a jar of pretzels and 4 gallons of water and spend the whole time helping build stuff and figuring out how they will get it together next time.
Or even people who don't quite get it right - get a bunch of help from their camp, spend the the bulk of the week wandering around in a daze mostly gawking at the city and the art wondering what they are doing there in the first place, and then later say - oh shit - I need to go back and get more involved. (raises hand)
The issue seems to be that you can pay $20,000 to be pampered. But what to do about that? The financials are not public, and neither is the invitation to the camp in many cases. Is there any way to approach this without destroying the spontaneity of it all? Is the playa not big enough to accommodate us all? Can everything coexist? My heart asks that last question, my brain says that heart is an absolute idiot and that is exactly how to get scammed.
I dunno. I have been thinking a lot about this over the week.