Skip to comments.1 hot ticket: Burning Man 'fiasco' pits us v. them on dark side of the desert playa in Nevada
Posted on 02/25/2012 9:13:40 AM PST by redreno
RENO, Nev. - The biggest prior threats to Burning Man's annual regeneration in the Black Rock Desert were U.S. land use laws, undercover cops and the media-perpetuated perception that the largest outdoor arts festival in North America is really just an excuse to get naked and do drugs.
But that was before the teeth-gnashing "ticket fiasco."
Two decades after the free spirits moved their party from San Francisco's Baker Beach to a dried up ancient lake bed 120 miles north of Reno, the annual pilgrimage with its drum circles, decorated art cars, guerilla theatrics and colorful theme camps has become too popular for its own good.
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If the Burning Man event could be a study in sociology, anthropology and such, I suggest to throw a few hundred militant Muslims into the mix and see what happens.
Nuke it from space to be sure.....
I don't live in Gerlach, the closest town to Burning Man, but unless they want it shut down I don't really see a problem with them.
The only negative most of Northern Nevada gets to see is the trail of dirty people that leave Burning Man and immediately descend on the restaurants of Reno on their way back to California.
A lot less problems than the gang bangers that show up for Hot August Nights the last few years.
There really is an "IDIOCRACY" community?
OCCUPIERS found a new location?
Where do they go for their UNEMPLOYEMENT checks?
Looks like they all have some "Means", RICH mammas and Pappas?
God help us, THEY VOTE, even when STONED. Lord I want off soon.
ONE more note: if you understand these idiots, PLEASE DON’T VOTE, ever.
One of the funniest things I have ever read was about the guy who burned down Burning Man the night before the scheduled burning was to take place. Most people were asleep and missed it!
LOL! Nugget anyone? How about we ship the ows’rs up there to occupy burning man? They could head out now to get there REAL early. Heck I’d chip in for a bus ticket. One way. Finally the deserted pool on Moana looks nice again.
Gawd, I wouldn’t go within a thousand miles of those ‘people’. Well, I live closer than that but the sentiment remains.
It’s just a party, sort of a young people’s Mardi Gras. It really isn’t that big of a deal.
Thats more than a party going on there, it’s idiocracy in the NOW. Those are some real stupid spaced out kids, its not a party, it is the OCCUPIERS who think they have something I want to hear???? hahahahahaahhahahahahaha lalalalalalalalaland
And Mardi Gras isn’t? Flashing boobs and drunken cavorting, beads for boobs? What is the difference? I have an artist friend who is comnisioned every year to built far out vehicles for their contests. It’s just a big party. Lunacy? To be sure but I don’t worry much about Burning Man. It has nothing to do with Occupy unless they’ve decided to invade it this year.
I recall reading an article on Burning Man (probably here on FR a year or two ago). I was surprised as it sounded like a lot of the people that go have good jobs, money, etc. - and view it as a chance to unwind and get away from the rat race.
I recall that to watch a performance, get something to eat is all on the barter system. No money allowed - but nothing was free either. While obviously “different”, it did not seem like a freak fest.
Here is an article discussed in a FR thread from last year - I think it was the one I remembered. $300 a ticket also tends to keep the riff-raff out.
Much of the above probably sounds like common sense: Trust people and they will usually live up to that trust. Give people creative freedom, and they will surprise you with what they deliver. And indeed, it is common sense. And yet many organizations nevertheless fall down on one or more of these principles—structuring rules and regulations around a presumption of guilt on the part of employees, rather than treating them as trusted members of a community, or by offering only money rather than latitude in the effort to drum up creativity.
Burning Man, however, is a living example of how, when an organization lives by that sometimes not-so-common common sense, great things ensue.
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