Now, for a moment for some of our sponsors. No, not Freewebs, cool though they are. No, we mean the rings we're on, some of whose users have found that they've had a mystifying amount of difficulty in navigating what was, until today, a two page website in which ... oh, read this for yourself. We don't get it either, and suspect that drugs may be involved, but let it not be said that we did less than everything we could to help some people find their way back to the ring. A few minutes ago, I had already started to celebrate the moment.
Everybody satisfied? Good, then take a few drags on your virtual cigarette, and let's talk.
This yahoogroup began life with a very simple purpose. It was intended as a place where people could share short prose pieces about moments they had experienced at burns, Burning Man like events in which the folk aspects of culture are pursued in a commerce free setting. While we still welcome such posts, incidents that have taken place since our list began have convinced us to broaden the focus of what we do.
Powerful moments don't have to be powerfully good, and lately far too much of what far too many have allowed to define Burning Man hasn't been good at all. An event that has supposedly been dedicated to radical free expression has seen those with dissenting views bullied into silence on far too many occasions. A community that prides itself on its radical inclusiveness has often become about as inclusive as a high school clique. Why? Perhaps for no more complex reason that the self-referential one, that nobody asks that question. Or really very many others.
With that thought in mind, we're going to occasionally try to bring some of the dissenters and critics of Burning in to talk with those who feel otherwise and see what comes of the discussion. Some will disapprove of the effort, but so be it. If one is going to limit oneself to doing that which the members of one's community approves of, one might as well stay home. Those who can't accept that are free to go elsewhere. Those who can, I hope, will have at leats a few interesting discussions to look forward to, in a place where the rules aren't being made by those willing to scream the most loudly.
Enough blathering. Let's get on with it and go to the list. If you're looking for a subscription form to sign up for our list, you can still find it at this location on Observer's homepage. Yes, yes, I'm a bad, bad man who makes his friends host his pages for him. Freewebs doesn't allow us to use forms on their free sites, so we improvised. This page is as proud as a mindless inanimate object can be, to be part of Curmudgeon's Pictureshop and Web Factory, home of one of the few burners who works in noncombustible two dimensional media.