Monday, March 23, 2009

Burning Man on Burning Man:
I don’t have a single critical thing to say about people going to the middle of nowhere, listening to godawful jam band shit, getting higher than Jesus, and circulating herpes. If that’s what you want to do, by all means do it. What I find offensive are efforts to dress up such behavior in the pseudointellectual language of social consciousness. Burning Man attendees are no more going to the event to experiment with radical decommodification than sorority girls are going to Cancun Spring Break to experience foreign cultures. You are not being environmentally friendly or in any way making a political statement - you are going on an expensive vacation to do lots of drugs and blow strangers. That’s great. Embrace it. Stop trying to assuage your consciences by pretending that it’s a spiritual quest or a social experiment.
[h/t to Comrade PhysioProf]

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