The Selling of Burning Man
January 28, 2011
While I feel that the Playa acts as a filter, tending to attract a certain “type” of person and prevent other “types” from coming – types who can’t deal with dust and port-a-potties and manual labor – I’m actually a bit impressed by the package creator’s gumption. I think this is creative. I don’t see anything wrong with thinking outside the box (even if it’s a staunch Burning Man box) and fulfilling a market need. I think the group who organized this package are most likely hard-core Burners who are going to use the $100,000 they make to do good things.
I also think that the point of Burning man isn’t to keep outsiders out – it’s to change the world by showing people the infinite potential that exists. The point is to prove that we can create a different world by choosing a different way of being and acting in society.
So, though my ego might be angry at the thought of some rich Jersey-shore types impeding on **MY** Burning Man experience and annoying me, I also see this as a wonderful opportunity. An opportunity to show what may or may not be some rich, spoiled, shallow people how the other side lives, what’s really important (ie NOT their expensive cars and designer bags), and what’s possible.
They’re not going to change us.
We’re going to change them.