So, I did a google search of burning man. Sure, lots of pics, personal diaries, religious rants on it's satanistic patterns. But what was interesting was all of the time people put into hating on the event, and mostly the org.
Fot the most part, it seemed that the 'haters' were pretty clueless. Not stupid, but mostly ignorant as to how things work in the real world. It's hard to not have a great experience, IMO, and I think that most of the detractors did too. Whats interesting is how they feel duped. A lot of people come away with a sence of lovey-dovey, everything is free and beautiful, and it all just happens. Then they learn that BM is not a non-profit organization, that there is a certain leval of comercialism and brand protection that goes on. Understandibly, much of the BM literature speaks against such things so they feel betrayed. But what they dont seem to realize is that nothing "just happens". That it is a tremendous undertaking, and a certain leval of protection must be kept to ensure its survival.
I for one appreciate the "brand protection" and the regulation of media. I feel that it is the only way to protect against the wrong image which could lead to canceling the event by authorities.
As far as the corporate structure. Well, a gift economy can only exist in 1 place, and only for a week. As we've all experienced, BM takes $$$$ ( I know I spent a lot).
What are your thoughts?
Any bad experiences with the org (I've heard of them, but haven't heard them)?
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