Reno 911 is hardly mainstream, Burning man got mentioned on the Simpsons years ago, here is the thing about media coverage and becoming a bit of pop culture, it raises the bar, after reading about burnigman in wired and seeing stuff on discovery chanel and the simpsons and what not, I really had this impression that burningman was something really special and if I participated i had to really do it right and really go all out, and so when I helped with projects and did my own I really went all out, because it was "BURNINGMAN" but then when i was worried I wasn't finished and my friend I was helping decided to do something half assed and ugly insted of following my design, he was all like, "nobody cares, it's burningman" well, that sucked, See, the cool thing about getting coverage like that is that you get people like me who are both intimidated and thrilled and have this beautiful idea bigger than itself and it is kind of like this perfect image that they want to live up to. When I had to deal with all these veterans (before I went out) bitching about how this or that didnt go right and telling me how things were half assed it kind of burst my bubble, and spoiled this dream i had, but when I got out there and it WAS amazing, and it was incredible, and i WAS awed, I wondered how anybody could bitch about it.
The same thing happens at a smaller scale in the collective I hang out at, I saw these amazing things they did and thoght it was a huge deal to be a part of it, so I really worked to get my art to a level where I felt it was worthy. when I got to know the place a little better i realized that thay had there warts and problems like everything else, but they made magic happen so that the whole was greater than the sum of it's parts and they end up attracting people with real talent and real skill who want to contribute, so fresh blood makes things better, because you are not all bitter and jaded, see everyone gets disillusioned eventualy, but hopefully you have made some progress or contribution before that vision of perfection fades, and also when you get some fresh blood, hopefully you can see through their eyes and remember what it felt like when You had that perfect vision, and mabe you can even help get yours back.
I took the road less traveled, and now I would like to go back and find the paved one.