I saw very little community. I experienced very little trust. Every day I started out with a smile and a good attitude, Too many losers, trying to be cool, looking for nudity and booze.
Well, you stated your reasons right. It doesn't work for you anymore. I just don't like it when people say the event sucks. The reasons you went aren't going to be the reasons I go.
What ever it once had, it no longer has...
Chai Guy wrote:negative changes...Unreasonably high ticket costs. (I paid $40 for my ticket in 1998)...
positive changes too...The greatly improved porta-potties (you should have seen them in 1998 )
stuart scanlon wrote:What ever it once had, it no longer has...
I hate this shit. I am no moonie. Each of my years has been different. There are many ways to ride the burning man ride. Expectations will kill you.
And fuck off for thinking, because I was not in costume during the day, that I was there for the nudity. I slaved for 9 months to give your faery wing wearing ass an art installation. I was a little too busy with that to contemplate what color to paint my nuts.
For pete's sake. If you aren't into it, don't fucking go. And please don't hang out here and tell the rest of us, who are already thinking about how we might make next year even better, how it was only cool when you thought it was cool. Go throw yer own goddamned event.
Sure it costs 4x what it used to. If you want a real personal financial issue to complain about, remember that there was a time when Federal income tax was fixed at 2% of income and not even one citizen in a hundred had to pay it.
I would recommend that the powers that be abandon BM next year
let everyone who seeks to spend a week getting drunk and stupid have every opportunity to do so
PetsUntilEaten wrote:I have to chime in with an old point of mine - one I've made at the event when people turn to me with an us-verses-them whisper about "do you notice all the fratboys / yahoo / spectators ?"
I think for many people their first layer of freedom involves getting drunk & getting physically "free" (by being naked or looking at nakeness) - much like college when some people are free of their parents for the first time. Many will move beyond that. Many will sit with their "yahoo" friends while secretly planning their escape - planning to make something amazing.
Two of my favorite people went to burningman the year before they took me - and to see the pictures & hear the stories - they would be considered frat boys at a glance. But each of them left the event with big plans & continue to do major works of art, art fundraising, treat people with love & respect, and generally add something undeniably great & unusual to burningman.
If we gain one amazing artist out of every 20 jerks that show up or even open a few eyes - then I say fine. There's plenty of exclusive art venues - and exclusive havens for alternate living. I like the experiment. I like the struggle.
...I like the experiment. I like the struggle.
dragonfly wrote:I saw very little community.
I experienced very little trust. Every day I started out with a smile and a good attitude, but by Friday morning I had had enough, and left. Too many losers without costumes, trying to be cool, looking for nudity and booze. Oh yeah, and some cowardly weasle stole my bike on Tuesday.
I would recommend that the powers that be abandon BM next year, and move on to create something smaller, with more integrity, in some other place.
For whatever Burning Man once had, you know, that "thing" that made it so wonderful... it no longer has.
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