A Civic Confirmation Bias Check In

So, New Geography just reposted this piece by  John Sanphillipo that originally got air over at Granola Shotgun on Christmas Day (wierd day to post, right?). And I’m jumping on that band wagon (“OMG, I love this song!“) while also adding a little commentary of my own. Sanphillipo rightly points out that all cities – ‘crown jewels of urban planning’ (Portland) or ‘mistake on the lake’ (Cleveland) have sunny, beautiful, ugly and dirty sides, and with this, I completely agree. So many ... {read more}

So Long, SantaCon: Culture Jamming gets Conventional

The recent frequency of cultural appropriation arguments has created a common vocabulary (and often weak understanding) for arguments regarding the protecting, preserving and communicating the value of cultural traditions. But what of a culture that is based on disruption, a culture that thrives on a slash and burn approach to its own customs, whose tradition is to instigate experiences of culture jamming and dissonance, for its own members (you may already be one) and everyone else too? Summary by ActionGrl (sourced from Facebook): for many ... {read more}

Thesis Update: Gentrification and Burning Man

Above: Signs of gentrification (according to brightestyoungthings.com) In the process of working towards my thesis, I’ve found tighter boundaries that I’m comfortable with. Following my experiences and observations in Black Rock City this year, I’m now seeing my thesis as an exploration of gentrification as a necessary part of the trajectory of emergent culture (and its interaction with dominant mainstream culture) and using Burning Man as a case study (of gentrification) I want to look at gentrification as a stage of ... {read more}

Thoughts on Burning Man 2013 “Cargo Cult”

I presented the resulting thoughts of my Burning Man 2013 at Burning Seed (Australian Regional) 2013. As I prepare for my 4th Burning Man (8th burn), I’m watching this to get in the zone and start my ruminations about this year’s “Caravansary” theme. I’m glad to be reminded to avoid being jaded by challenging myself to get uncomfortable and that the best high is being a part of someone else’s ‘a-ha’ moment. There’s a lot more I’m happy to be reminded of – thanks JayMan for ... {read more}

Breakdown / Breakthrough: A survey of the imminent evolution of Western culture from a Cultural Sustainability perspective

I’m getting ready to start on my thesis and being challenged in a number of ways as I try to complete my thesis proposal. Today I reviewed the last paper I wrote (for a theory class) about this pursuit… Breakdown / Breakthrough: A survey of the imminent evolution of Western culture from a Cultural Sustainability perspective Let’s start with the intrinsic and essential truth: our unconscious habits create the social structures we live amongst and we produce social life through our conscious and unconscious actions. In other ... {read more}
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