veleda wrote:Not to burst everyone's non-commodification bubble.
I've run into numerous 'on playa' artists who have told me they are funded by corporations...
It was very upsetting when i first discovered that not everyone was participating in the concept of 'gift economy'.
That was years ago..I've mellowed...i don't like it but i've mellowed.
Eric wrote:As long as corporations don't put signs up or try to use the Burning Man connection in advertising (which the Bmorg would go after), I don't understand why anyone gives a rats ass who pays for the stuff?
Everything out there was bought somewhere along the line, money changed hands. I hand forge the few gifts I give out- I still have to buy the metals, the tools, the fuel for the torch..... there is nothing free, not even "gifts"- everything gets paid for at some point.
If a corporation wants to fund something without attached advertising, whether its OJ or the Belgian Waffle (paid for by a Dutch firm) or anything in between, they should be allowed to fund it,period. They feel good, it benefits the Community (*clink*), everything is good in the end.
side note: at Piss Clear we had our phony ads that we ran in every issue, and multiple times every year we had whiny hippies come to the camp bitching about how we excepted advertising. I always asked them if they enjoyed the paper other than that, and when they said yes, I told them to thank the advertisers because someone had to pay for it. (which wasn't advertisers, but that a different story-time).
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