twist wrote:It's also interesting to see you categorize all the white folk as tight-asses while the people of color who would attend do not have this distinction. As if people of color go to celebrate their culture while white folk go to appropriate and create their own exclusive party time.
twist wrote:Where did the white folks get this idea in the first place, then? By reading some National Geographics and deciding on what pagan ritual to copy and use for their own ends?
twist wrote:I'd guess that the inertia of the event has kept it a mostly white thing. Economics being what they are might explain why more white guys can make it out there every year.
twist wrote:I would love to see more camps like Asian Princess camp or Bollywood camp. It would bring a healthy diversity to the playa.
twist wrote:It would be a lot better than a bunch of white-guilters pointing fingers at all the other goofy white people.
tepepinda wrote:The culture at BRC is no more "white" than it is "american" or anything else.
I agree with tepepinda on everything but the following statement:tepepinda wrote:The culture at BRC is no more "white" than it is "american" or anything else.
Check out the Flying the American Flag thread if you have doubts about Burning Man's identity.
I suspect that Burning Man is something that is profoundly American and as such will provide rich fodder for theses in American Studies and PBS documentaries for many years to come. I don't know if there is a Burning Man collection at the Smithsonian yet, but check back in 60 years. There will be.
tepepinda wrote:The greatest evidence that this is in operation comes when you meet a first-timer who is also a first-timer to the US. <b>People just get it</b>, regardless of their nationality or cultural conditioning, because at its heart, Burningman celebrates universal values using globalized cultural referants.
Hoopes wrote:For example, I heard about a significant domestic dispute that occurred this year when a person's South Asian husband--who had not been adequately briefed on the nature of the event--found it highly objectionable. He eventually calmed down, but he was one person who did not just "get it".
Hoopes wrote:Open nudity and frank sexuality, for example, are hardly universal values.
Hoopes wrote:Most "globalized cultural referents" are the result of globalization, which is itself HIGHLY problematic. It is Americans who are largely responsible for certain elements of culture becoming "globalized" in the first place.
Kinetic wrote:About the only time I pay attention to skin color is when I run into some of the African American teenagers who are in the adolescent rebellion / attitude phase and they give me some flak, and even then I find ways to usually overcome that.
Hoopes wrote:Check out the Flying the American Flag thread if you have doubts about Burning Man's identity.
Imagine walking the streets of Bangladesh and finding people wearing T-shirts decorated with images of Jesus because it's "cool" and "Western"--without knowing anything about the meaning behind these images.
If people "just get it", how do you explain that even veteran burners still insist on engaging in barter and even under-the-table commerce when these are supposed to be strictly forbidden? I sincerely doubt that the majority of burners really understand what is meant by a gift economy.
Most "globalized cultural referents" are the result of globalization, which is itself HIGHLY problematic. It is Americans who are largely responsible for certain elements of culture becoming "globalized" in the first place.
blyslv wrote:...these days when an American holds a gun to some hapless foriegner's head, it is likely to result in death.
blyslv wrote:tbone wrote:Japanese & Hispanic neighborhood now. .
There's gotta be some great restaurants!
theshaman wrote:Ever tried INVITING people of different ethnic orgins to camp with you? I did, after seeing lack of brothers and sisters last year.
tbone wrote:...My girlfriend is veg, so we don't eat much Mexican together...
PJ wrote:Doesn't she know that you don't have to eat the Mexicans? Just the food they prepare for you.
Steven bradford wrote:I notice more people who weren't "white" this year, but I noticed even more that there seemed to be a lot more live music this year, plus an even greater diversity of recorded music.
I'm glad that so many people who are musically inclined chose to bring that to the playa for me to enjoy this year, as it's something I really can't do. (Though I did help with our art car's music selection by adding in some unusual yet fitting selections.)
DVD Burner wrote:( I'm doing my best to put attention to her point. it really would be nice to have instumental musician music.)
Bob wrote:DVD Burner wrote:( I'm doing my best to put attention to her point. it really would be nice to have instumental musician music.)
And you're just the right person to audition the talent?
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