Araceli wrote:....Also to offer everyone some much needed relief, Kinetic is finally on his way to Yellowknife way up in the Canadian Territories. Enjoy the silence. I'll post this here and see how long it takes people to find it.....
ObImage: WC Fields as Mr. Snavely in The Fatal Glass of Beer
("I think I'll go milk the elk.").
Kelly & AG -- we know Larry. If Larry gets a bug in his ass about something, you can't stop him -- you can only hope to contain him. It's a given that as the major-domo of Burning Man, part of his job is to pump out opinions on the state of the counterculture. I fully accept that the best of intentions led to putting
Larry Harvey Endorses SF Mayoral Candidate Matt Gonzalez
Read the text or watch video of the speech.
and associated linked text and video on the Burning Man web site, but it looks as silly the day after as "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN" on the front page of the Chicago Daily Tribune in 1948.
BTW, I voted for Matt --- what you might call a symbolic mercy vote. I met him once at a party of a friend of a friend who's on the school board, bla bla bla, and he seems like a well-intentioned guy with values many of us might share. He really did give what sounded like a concession speech on Monday, thanking his supporters and encouraging them to keep the faith no matter what, etc. -- every politician follows poling data, and I'm sure he had an inkling about the final voting results. So, voting at 7:30 last night, I figured what the hell, throw the kids a symbolic bone. I want SF to be known as a city that [i]could[/] elect a truly green/far-left mayor, but given the adversarial strong mayor v. board of supes system in SF, I'd prefer a green/far-left mayor with a more broad-based board than we have now.
Politics here, or anywhere, is dirty business. Like sewage, it froths over with posturing and polarizing scare tactics that mask the more persistent residue of policies and regulations. We're all somewhere in the pipe, most of us just going with the flow and hoping it hits the ocean outfall sooner than later.
Larry's job description, as I read it from the web site
and from a dated copy of the Operation Manual, certainly can be assumed to include sticking his tit in the wringer of local politics. Publicized among Burning Man participants and anybody browsing the web site in the manner of a front-page endorsement, there is no doubt that it is on behalf of the "project", so please spare us the bullshit that it's only his opinion. Whether we take that as representing us, as participants, is an unresolvable matter, but it undeniably represents that of "Burning Man".
Ob-eplaya: You might say, and even wish, that eplaya has the potential to provide a forum to discuss with representatives of the LLC the ramifications of Burning Man's political actions, not to mention more mundane matters such as new policies on art cars and other aspects of the event itself -- before they are finalized, rather than after.
It's plain from the history of discourse on staff lists, volunteer group lists, Burning-Man-related mailing lists, and the eplaya that such discussions may appear haphazard, and contain a lot of flammage in hashing over old arguments, but empirical evidence indicates that many people with worthwhile opinions put them out there in electronic form, and they have some effect on decision-making and results.
The eplaya software provides tools -- polls, sticky-message announcements, and topical discussions that can be moderated if desired -- and the added benefit of archiving, so it can be seen how ideas evolve.
Meanwhile, we are left to imagine Larry craned over a keyboard in his smoke-filled room tapping out intellectual (and now political) fodder for the masses. Those of us who know him know that he talks, and even stops and listens once in a while, just like the rest of us. He might even read the eplaya once in a while.
Whether such formalized online vetting of ideas and proposals happen, I'm still happy just posting whatever here. I have some confidence that it will be read, I know that it becomes a part of a nominally permanent archive, but still wonder whether participants now and in the future -- people who want to participate -- see all this as something that has value, or just a bunch of serial belches in the wilderness.