Stephendragonfly wrote:The problem with radical inclusiveness in ticket sales is that it includes people who only want to make money off of the event.
Perhaps the idea of "radical inclusion," when interpreted as such, is simply a bad principle.
What "radical inclusion" means to me - and what I aim to practice, independent of what the BMorg, the 20 year veterans, the virgins, or anyone else might think is this:
We are going to have a culture together, with music and art and feasts. But there is not going to be a VIP lounge, there is not going to be a sense of what it means to be a really cool burner. The aim is not to have a status. No matter if someone has a mohawk, is a millionaire accountant, knows all the lingo, barely speaks English, wears a Star Trek uniform all day, wears nothing, is a superstar DJ, works at a deli counter, is a pyrotechnic artist, is a gospel singer, can't sing but does anyway, quotes movies in an annoying way, or whatever - They are all one of the 'cool kids'. That to me is what it is supposed to be about.
But there simply have to be rules, there has to be a sense of civic duty, and there has to be some sense of a social agreement. All of the above things are cool. Being a violent alcoholic, getting drunk, and starting fights is not cool. Leaving behind a big mess is not cool. Walking around looking for people who appear vulnerable and harassing them until they break down is not cool. Vandalizing artwork is not cool. Profiting off Burning Man is not cool.
If you tolerate these things, then you can't have a community - because these things destroy a community. I'm not saying that you can't forgive, reform, or give second chances, but like it or not, in reality there are rules or there is a social breakdown.
Right now, there are no rules in the ticketing process, and there is a social breakdown.
Right now, fairness in ticketing has been interpreted as 'everybody gets the same thing'. Try applying such an interpretation to education - which I would expect we as a society would promote as something universal or 'radically inclusive'. What happens to the people that need special attention, that need something different? That need more time to understand a concept, or need more challenge to be stimulated?
Another interpretation of fairness is 'each according to their needs'. This means according to their needs as individuals, and the reciprocal needs of the community. If a collective wants to donate thousands of hours, tons of materials, and give an incredible gift to the community, then the collective effort needs to know in advance if they are or are not going to the event. Amazingly, this appears to me to be all that they are asking for - not money, not gift tickets, not freebies, just an answer.
At first, I thought that the lottery was fair, but only because it is fair to me. My plan is to make some wearable LED work, maybe volunteer to help an art project, and also take a couple of shifts with one of the departments. So I don't need to go to to Burning Man every year, I don't need advance notice. I can take my electronics and go to a regional, and try again in 2013. My camp is pretty minimal and DIY. They will miss me, I will miss them, but I will hopefully go another year.
I am a good candidate for a lottery system. I registered for my ticket, I signed up on the volunteer list, luck was with me this year, and I won. Had I lost, I was thinking about trying out Transformus.
Now I am holding a ticket like a sad clown, and what decimated project am I going to volunteer to help for an afternoon? To what wreckage of a collective do I send 20 bucks for a kickstarter? Sure, I am fine with reenacting an 'old style' burn - the man on haybales, dancing to some prerecorded DJ set on a battery powered stereo - I believe in making my own fun. But what about all those people who have been planning for months, working their asses off, and spending their hard earned money to do something grand FOR ME TO ENJOY?
Do I just forget about them? I don't know what to think right now. I'm bummed.