I think "rave, can't-stop-won't-stop-party, psychedelic heights, epic party on the moon" is actually a pretty accurate description of the experience for some people. There are other accurate, group-specific descriptions as well: "dirty hippies mooching food from camps, and hogging benches in center camp during the night", "a giant bar-hopping city", "a giant temporary art festival for art lovers", "a pagan-esque ritual burning by heathen pinkos", "a tit-watching festival for perverts", "one big fucking desert camp-out" -- or all of the above.
Quite frankly, if people aren't leaving a mess and causing problems they can do whatever the fuck they want. That includes interpreting the burn the way they want to.
Anyway, it's silly to believe that you can't even talk about Burning Man without it becoming commodification.
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