CornMan wrote:The only judgement I'm making is categorizing them as tourists which I think ranks 3rd on the hierarchy of Burning Man involvement. We saw what we saw. There was a mass migration of people walking nonstop down the spoke street to the esplanade at one time of the day each day, and the reverse later in the evening/night. I saw it last year much more so than any other year. If that's the trend, then that's the trend, and we'll deal with it - or not. If it was a one year phenomenon, then that sits better with me. I've read elsewhere here on eplaya that some people noticed that in 2012, to the big attractions goes the spoils, and the small stuff got largely overlooked. We can't complain because cold kegs of free beer always works, but I felt for some of the other lonely looking camps obviously wishing for interaction. It was awkward to witness.
is your evidence of "tourism"? A mass of people going down the main spokes of the city to go look at things on the playa? Did these "tourist"-herd events coincide, say, with meal times? Regardless, you have no idea where these people were going, what they were doing, or when they returned. Nothing about this situation even implies that these people are bona fide "tourists", just the normal flux of people checking out the playa.
As for camp-love, what it sounds like is that people just weren't interested in hanging out at some camp bar or that specific attraction. Not everyone is interested in shooting the breeze with every camp they encounter along their walk. I know that I don't visit camp bars or some of the other stuff going around because it's just not something I do.
I barely touch my camp bar as is. Still, I'll wave hello and look at camp decorations, but unless you're hosting some unique attraction I probably won't stop on my way to get ice.
Want more interaction? Go out and interact with people.
You're the vet here promoting that kind of thing; take the initiative. People go to big attractions specifically
for the anonymity and lack of interaction it brings; the same way with "generic" attractions like snow-cones and food treats that draw a line. It's safe, and you feel like you're part of something without much commitment.
That doesn't mean, however, that these same people don't want
to engage and interact; they're often just shy or intimidated by it all. Many people on the streets need an opening in which to participate or interact. Approaching a small camp bar can be a big step, like being the only customer in a new restaurant where everyone is watching you eat. That interaction can be daunting; so you have to make the first step and draw them in. Make them feel welcome, don't just expect that a sign and you staring down people will draw a crowd.
BBadger can I come to your party? I want to see the CORE Burn for once
since we moved the Meet & Greet to Wednesday, but, your party sounds like fun.
Absolutely! Though I won't be at BM this year unfortunately.
We're in camp Cats! Cats! Cats! If you hear a group of people meowing while riding around the man and through the city on Thursday, that's us! Then the party begins after that.
You know I've never seen a CORE Burn either. Every year I was either on dinner duty or at the M&G (no regrets on the latter).
And no I don't sort people into spectators and participants, for just the reasons you state, my dear, but I do think it's helpful to reach out to those who look a bit disconnected. And the eager-but-shy.