Burning Man is NOT a Festival

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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby Bob » Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:31 am

The festival has been called a "festival" in the BLM permit documents since the festival began.

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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby CornMan » Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:38 am

Bob, I think he is speaking figuratively. It's like saying, "You are not a man," to an adult male. Technically, yes, he is a man, but he is really just a sniveling little poodle whipper.
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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby incubus_pantomime » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:09 am

I'm a virgin this year, so feel free to tell me I'm grossly misrepresenting BM. When family members and friends here in good ol' Texas ask me what Burning Man is, I tell them that it is an experiment in temporary or alternative community. I know that makes BM seem like a trial-and-error event (which I know it most certainly is not), but I feel that those words give a more rich description of BM than simply saying that it is a festival. I've been to music festivals, culture festivals, and art festivals, and none of them seem comparable to BM (at least not to me).

Again, this is just a virgin's two cents... :oops:
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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby Simon of the Playa » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:11 am

oh please, all of you just get over yourselves.



It's a Goddamn Cult.


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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby H.G.Crosby » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:15 am

yes, now start Cultivating, and Bee Fertile.
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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:18 am

Honey flavored Kool-Aid it is then...

I'll just tell them it's Almond-Honey Flavored Kombucha or some other horse shit...

you know how stupid hippies are, they'll drink ANYTHING if they think it's organic.
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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby Lonesomebri » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:48 am

"When family members and friends here in good ol' Texas ask me what Burning Man is, I......."
........drop my pants and set the house on fire.
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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:52 am

incubus_pantomime wrote:I'm a virgin this year, so feel free to tell me I'm grossly misrepresenting BM. When family members and friends here in good ol' Texas ask me what Burning Man is, I tell them that it is an experiment in temporary or alternative community. I know that makes BM seem like a trial-and-error event (which I know it most certainly is not), but I feel that those words give a more rich description of BM than simply saying that it is a festival. I've been to music festivals, culture festivals, and art festivals, and none of them seem comparable to BM (at least not to me).

Again, this is just a virgin's two cents... :oops:


It IS an experiment in temporary or alternative community (TAZ). Have you been reading Larry's earlier writings about BM?
It's also a gathering of crazy artists in the desert. "Festival" implies something more conventional.




And yes, it is a cult as well. The sooner you accept this, the better off you'll be.
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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby Simon of the Playa » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:04 am

duh...
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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby stinkyfoot » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:11 am

Ugly Dougly wrote:
stinkyfoot wrote:Actually a festival is exactly what Burning Man is if you care about things like definitions and English literacy.


If you've been reading closely, you'll discover that this thread is about connotations, not denotations.


I don't pay much attention to connotations that are clearly the result of the slow but inevitable stripping of meaningfulness from the human experience which is the inevitable result of corporate appropriation of cultural phenomenon.

Don't say burning man isn't a festival, re-appropriate festival from the corporate overlords who want you to think that festival is nothing more than spending shitloads of money on overpriced beer while listening to wall street approved music puppets.
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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby Nipple » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:36 am

Bestival?
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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby CornMan » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:46 am

stinkyfoot wrote:
Ugly Dougly wrote:
stinkyfoot wrote:Actually a festival is exactly what Burning Man is if you care about things like definitions and English literacy.


If you've been reading closely, you'll discover that this thread is about connotations, not denotations.


I don't pay much attention to connotations that are clearly the result of the slow but inevitable stripping of meaningfulness from the human experience which is the inevitable result of corporate appropriation of cultural phenomenon.

Don't say burning man isn't a festival, re-appropriate festival from the corporate overlords who want you to think that festival is nothing more than spending shitloads of money on overpriced beer while listening to wall street approved music puppets.


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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby actiongrl » Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:15 am

The organization's communications arm, anyway, is very careful not to call it a festival, which connotes the presence of ten dollar pizza stands and paid entertainment for many people around the world. We (they, now, I guess, though I'm still sort of helping out here and there) call it an event, an equally inadequate but much less festivally-charged word...
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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby Lonesomebri » Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:17 am

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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:22 am

*waves at actiongirl*
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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:44 am

¡Yo quiero FIESTA!
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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby actiongrl » Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:25 pm

*waving back at Cryptofish!* See, I'm still here, a little for now. :)
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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby TomServo » Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:39 pm

Why don't we just call it a Blood Worship?...to keep things interesting
anything worth doing..is worth overdoing

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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby gyre » Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:32 pm

"Burning Man is the biggest hippie festival in the entire world."

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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby Turtleburp » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:15 pm

Nipple wrote:Bestival?


http://www.bestival.net/
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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby Isotopia » Sun Jul 22, 2012 3:39 pm

I have often described it as summer camp for adults, too, after starting off with "It's an art festival in the desert" and mentioning having to bring your own water.


And I and others have always described it as the Special Olympics of art.

Ya wanna go and support it but sometimes you just gotta laugh.
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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby BBadger » Sun Jul 22, 2012 3:51 pm

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Re: Burning Man is NOT a Festival

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:19 pm

busted.



i am SO glad im not the only asshole who does this....
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