From Radical to Routine – Conclusion

As demonstrated in the accounts above, the Burning Man experience is various and distinctive for each participant, each time. The Burning Man experience is also dynamic and changing because culture itself, our environment, and ultimately ourselves (as tools of interpretation) are changing. At a point, as happened for John Law and Paul Addis, the experience of Burning Man may no longer suit us, as individuals, or as a collective culture. SantaCon: When Culture Jamming Goes Conventional The trajectory of SantaCon may provide Burning Man with an ... {read more}

From Radical to Routine: Chapter 5

Burning Man: Still Subversive or Sold Out? 2011-2014: A Sold Out Event Due to environmental and other regulatory concerns, the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) dictates how many Burning Man tickets are issued each year. In 2011, these tickets sold out for the first time, with over 55,000 tickets issued at prices ranging from $190-390. Every year since has continued to sell out; the 2015 event sold out in 40 minutes, with many ambitious attendees complaining of missing out on tickets even though they were online and attempting purchase ... {read more}

From Radical to Routine Chapter 4 – Burning Man From Transgressive to Traditional

Following is the third chapter of my Masters of Cultural Sustainability Thesis, presented to Goucher College in January 2016. It’s probably a good idea to read chapter 1 , chapter 2 and chapter 3 too. Subsequent chapters will be published to this site each week. Chapter 4 Burning Man: From Transgressive to Traditionalized Heresy is a fundamental premise of western civilization. – Rory Turner [1] Burning Man as a cultural event is an open stage for its self-selected community to express itself. The cultural agenda or implied ... {read more}

From Radical to Routine Chapter 3 – Burning Man From Chaos to Community

Following is the third chapter of my Masters of Cultural Sustainability Thesis, presented to Goucher College in January 2016. Read the first introductory chapter here and the background chapter here. Subsequent chapters will be published to this site each week. Chapter 3 Burning Man: From Chaos to Community In 1986, Larry Harvey and Jerry James built an eight-foot statue of a man, took it to Baker Beach in San Francisco, and set it on fire. As Harvey repeated this ritual in subsequent years, it became popular with the Cacophony Society and ... {read more}

From Radical to Routine Chapter 2 – Background

From Radical to Routine: Burning Man and the Transformation of a Countercultural Movement Chapter 2 :    Background The following is the second background chapter of my Masters of Cultural Sustainability Thesis, presented to Goucher College in January 2016. See the first introductory chapter here. Subsequent chapters will be published to this site each week. 2.1    Burning Man and Avant-Garde Arts Movements Yesterday’s weirdness is tomorrow’s reason why. – Hunter S. Thompson[1] Burning Man is a contemporary iteration of a lineage ... {read more}
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