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(Wired)   16th annual Burning Man self-expression celebration facing first ever attendance drop   (wired.com ) divider line
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2001-08-26 10:47:36 AM  
A lot of the people that have historically been part of Burning Man have bemoaned the fact that its become a corporate event. Sort of a warped and temporary Disney in the Nevada desert. The whole point of Burning Man was that it was a collabaritive community and performance art project, but more and more people are coming in as spectators. I've never gone to it, I'd like to, but I'm not sure that I could actually "be a part of it", so I don't for fear of diluting it.
 
2001-08-26 11:03:18 AM  
Well he has to compete with Aaliyah burning to death.
 
2001-08-26 11:07:51 AM  
Hell-bent, you are so bad. Sooooo bad. Hee hee.
 
2001-08-26 11:15:20 AM  
Burning man needs to take a hiatus.
And besides, who buys a ticket to an event in the desert, its not like there is a big fence up around the place.

Last year I thought the D.A.R.E. booth was a hoax, too bad it was real.

Shark Jumping going on here
 
2001-08-26 11:53:40 AM  
Spending a couple of days in the Nevada desert with 20,000 earth muffins, who haven't bathed, dosen't sound like my idea of a good time.
 
2001-08-26 12:12:43 PM  
I had a roommate who wanted to attend Burning Man, but we never got our shiat together. I should call him up, we'll go next year.
 
2001-08-26 12:23:15 PM  
I went there 4 years ago. Things got really smelly by the end.. it so wasn't worth the trip from Canada. Thou, if you like mud and dirt, you should check it out.
 
2001-08-26 12:39:57 PM  
My cousin's going this year. I had to assure his mother it wasn't all about drugs and sex, but more about art. Still, I've never been, and even though I'm an artist, I still don't think I'd fit in there, I'm with Substrate on that.

Besides, I can always just stay home and burn stuff in my living room, and save myself from a grueling cross-country road trip.
 
2001-08-26 01:34:15 PM  
Maybe it's a sign that the number of losers on this planet is dropping.
 
2001-08-26 03:16:16 PM  
As much as I would like to walk around naked at this event without getting arrested, I don't like the prospect of camping in the desert, and probably bringing an RV would be very un-burning man like.
 
2001-08-26 04:10:33 PM  
A drop in attendance? Great, that means more jack-balls "drum circling" all over L.A.
 
2001-08-26 05:55:21 PM  
I first went to Burning Man ten years ago. Back then, it really was an event where everyone was a participant. But over time, Larry Harvey and his clan made the event more and more organized.


They still like to make the suckers think that it isn't a spectator event, but that is just the lie that allows Larry to cash in.


My friends and I still camp in the Black Rock desert every year on that weekend, we just don't have anything to do with the disaster called Burning Man.


As soon as they started telling us where we could drive, where we could shoot our guns, not to blow anything up, and to leave our dogs at home, we knew that there was going to be a problem.


Here is food for thought: What gives Larry to "right" to charge people to camp on public land? The BM elite will claim that is the price of getting the permits and renting the portapotties and so on. Well, that is bunk. You only need permits if it is an organized event. If 15,000 people all decide to camp together on public land without there being any "boss" or "organizer" then you don't need a permit. If Larry didn't bring the port-a-crappers, someone else would. Over 90% of the cool stuff that happens at burning man happens because someone decided to build it and bring it. How come those people don't get to charge for what they contribute?


I'm sorry, this is just a sore spot with me. The "organizers" of Burning Man have completely screwed up what used to be a very special event.
 
2001-08-26 08:20:07 PM  
This festival is so farked.

I couldn't even bring my AK 47!!!
 
2001-08-26 11:25:29 PM  
People have been dissatisfied with it for a while now... here's an interesting article from Godfrey Daniels' website:

BM '99: Why We're Not Returning To Burning Man
 
2001-08-27 04:07:04 PM  
Burningman is about:
Desert, Fire, Weird art
If you can't handle any one of these, then don't go.
If you love any one of these, and you can handle the rest, then you might want to check it out.
If two or all three of these are what turn you on, then you've already been there and I don't need to tell you anything.
PS: I liked Godfrey Daniels' site
 
2001-08-27 05:35:14 PM  
Drugs, Sex, Vomiting, Idiot Druggie Conversation, Desert Rape.... Burning Man.
 
2001-08-27 05:39:09 PM  
Elitist Art Dorks, Gropers, Water Extortionists, Asshole Security Guards, Clothing Thieves.... Burning Man
 
2001-08-27 11:39:32 PM  
was fun for a few years then got real lame... for the above reasons........
 
2001-08-28 02:50:19 PM  
I went to BM on 1996(?) - it was the last of the "wild" Burning man fests.

There was a drive-by shooting range (hosted by Barney, our official target), which we went to, although it was not "officially" part of the Theme Park.

Camping and driving were both unrestrained - which led to one death.

Oh, it was just a stupid druggie, sacrifice to the Man.

That year was thrilling, dangerous Fun, a welcome piece of chaotic revelry.

We came back in 97(?) - the fest had moved to Fly Springs, off the actual playa. My gods we were penned in like cattle, and the price had doubled, it's up to $200 now. Fark that noise.

I say, get a pair of SUVs, load em up with your friends and lots of water, and go up there on your own - and go off!!! We need do-it-yourself "radical expression" without some icon telling us how to be free.
 
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