robbidobbs wrote:BM has a gift economy, which means (paraphrasing Honeyman) that what you offer to another Burner, already belongs to them.
unjonharley wrote:Agent, I don't know that your quite right. I was brougt up to give to a persons needs.
III wrote:the best way to release that feeling of obligation is not to gift back to the person who gifted me, but to go and find others in the community to gift, so that i am part of a greater flow rather than just a small tight quid pro quo loop.
flyboypa28r wrote:It would be interesting to find out how gifts propagate on the Playa. In other words: to see how many times a single item keeps getting passed around just for the sake of giving someone a gift (assuming it's a trinket of some sort).
Gifting: Gifting is a higher order transaction where equity is maintained and reciprocal altruism is satisfied through a "pay it forward" expectation. Someone gives you something & your mental accounting tells you the books aren't balanced. To settle the account, you feel driven to give somebody something, preferebly something of equal (perceived) value. The community as a whole benefits, because any member of the community may receive a gift without notice solely because they are a member of the community. Upon receiving a gift, the giftee feels driven by reciprocal altruism to even the books by gifting someone else. Eventually a significant amount of social capital is created out of thin air as everybody runs around trying to catch up with everybody else to "earn" their membership in the community.
foamin' at the mouth wrote:So, you just managed to do what it took Lewis Hyde in The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property a big old chunk of that book to explain.--although granted it was as much about the nature of art and it's role in society as it was about the role of gifting in various cultures and ours--and he gave a lot more nifty examples of the roles of gifting across social systems. Yours is nice and pithy though in comparison.
You must be one o' dem MacArthur Genius' too! What did you do with your 500K?--if you don't mind my asking.
Social Network Analysis
foamin' at the mouth wrote:You know, those guys at the Institute for the Future are really into that stuff. You ought to snoop around there for career launching catapaults maybe. http://www.IFTF.org
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