From Burning Man to Running Man

dc sent in the latest snow report just now. One foot of snow in the Sierras! 🙂 Along he sent me this link:From Burning Man to Running Man by John Perry Barlow.

‘If someone like Karl Rove had wanted to neutralize the most creative, intelligent, and passionate members of his opposition, he’d have a hard time coming up with a better tool than Burning Man. Exile them to the wilderness, give them a culture in which alpha status requires months of focus and resource-consumptive preparation, provide them with metric tons of psychotropic confusicants, and then . . . ignore them. It’s a pretty safe bet that they won’t be out registering voters, or doing anything that might actually threaten electoral change, when they have an art car to build.’

Eloquent and funny, it is a bit long but an enjoyable read. It sort of reconfirmed my own thought lately as well. But Barlow put it in words far better than I could have.

…I found myself fundamentally questioning the Bohemianism to which I have been firmly committed since I reacted to turning 14 in a hick Wyoming town by buying a motorcycle, …

Indeed, Burning Man strikes me as only one of many reality distortion fields within which the counter-culture, myself totally included, has sought self-ghettoizing refuge. On reflection, I realized that I felt much the same about the massive protest marches that failed to impede in any way the Administration’s unprovoked assault on Iraq. We all had a grand time gathering ourselves by the millions, but we were up against opponents far more practical and smart than Dick Nixon or Spiro Agnew. The current Dick knows that the best way to deal with dissent is give it a spectacle to exhaust its energies on. He knows that we’re suckers for a good show, especially one where we get a starring role, so he gives us unmolested stages upon which to mount our extravaganzas and goes on about his corporate affairs.

There are more funny paragraphs regarding the California recall and Governor Schwartzenegger. So go and read it!

3 thoughts on “From Burning Man to Running Man

  1. Hello Jean. I found this site looking for the Asian Worker Photo show at MOMA. I’ve posted a link to your site. My website can be deemed offensive to some. So please feel free to email me and I’ll DE-Link if necessary.

    Nice Site, Thanks!


  2. Hi Paul,
    It is so nice of you to ask! It is quite okay. I always thought it is what “on-line” journal supposed to be, that many people will see it and they will have different point of views than mine. I just have to get used to it.

    Thanks for asking! Happy blogging. 🙂

    p.s. Checkout Arbus if you do go. I think it is much much better than Reagan Louie.

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