I'm listening to Larry Harvey on a radio show, wishing I could go to Burning Man, but wondering why we can't "franchise" the thing so to speak, share the burn. I wish there could be more sites with more Burning Men. For example, I've been clicking around the eplaya, looking up the regional info, and it appears to be groups of people in my region and others who are excited about sharing rides to go to the main Burning Man. Why haven't excited "burners" brought the idea home and started events nearby?
I realize the actual event of burning a giant effigy is easier to get away with in the middle of a desert, but couldn't we spread the idea, the temporary autonous zone to other places? There's no reason that this should be an event that lasts for only one week in only one spot out in the desert. It should be possible to make many zones at different times and thereby make the whole thing less temporary.
Are there other places where similar events are held? Is there a section of ePlaya that mentions similar events? I don't just mean a group of "Burners" from one state who hold meetings to plan for the next big Burning Man. I mean events similar to BM that happen elsewhere.
No offense to any of you who enjoy Burning Man -- I probably would go if I could swing it. But it reminds me a little of the Dead Kennedys song "Halloween", about people who get excited over one big event each year, allow themselves to get wild on that one day each year, and then go back to humdrum lives spent planning for next year. You can see the same effect with people who dress up for Star Trek conventions or Renaissance Festivals or even Civil War re-enactors. I don't mean to put any of those people down, or any of you who find yourselves in a similar rut when you're away from Burning Man. The solution is not to stop enjoying fun events, but finding ways to turn big hunks of our lives into fun events.
How can we spread the feeling to new locations so more people can participate?