ZaphodBurner wrote:Frogbird PMed me something which framed my entire argument in one sentence: "They just scattered 43,000 tickets to the wind - I think that radical inclusion has been satisfied."
Just FYI to Mods and Eplayans: I am ok with this particular line from PM being made public, please ask if you want to quote me from a PM.
I recognize both arguments to this very touchy subject, and I respect them both greatly. I also believe, based on my limited experience with BM, that scattering tickets to whomever may come is important and critical to the spirit of the event.
I am worried about interactive projects that foster further participation. The airport provides the opportunity for people to gift ultralight rides, the BRC Beacon I believe accepts articles or contributions from other burners, I heard about an independent group of people who were going to dress up as sharks and swim around the pier, and countless people leave memorials at the Temple. Big collaborative projects obviously can and do enrich the environment of the city and inspire further self-expression. Case in point: the Man himself!
Given that there is already a precedent for official support and gift tickets to certain types art projects on the playa, I don't see ~1,00-4,000 "project tickets" as a radical departure from the way that the event has already progressed.
I do strongly believe that the vast majority of tickets must be available to anyone who wishes to the join the city, and I also strongly believe that any sort of 'veteran status' has no place in such a discussion. I don't think that the goal of such an allocation should in any way be there to hold specific camps together. Furthermore, groups of virgins who can at this point demonstrate a realistic and workable plan for a project to better the city and clear evidence progress or investment at present should have the same consideration as any other project.
Finally, I also strongly believe that any sort of a "project ticket" must entail an obligation to enrich the city, and not be an award or recognition for past contribution in any sense whatsoever.
Disclaimer: These are just the thoughts and opinions of one relative newcomer who professes no special insight and little experience with the culture of Burning Man. In any other sort of culture, I would be keeping my mouth shut right now.