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    Resist the substitution of consumption

    Hello,

    I read the 10 Principles of Burning Man (see http://burningman.org/culture/philos...10-principles/) and found one of them a little difficult to understand. It reads:

    Decommodification


    In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

    It seems to me that the creator of this event may be against the commercial sponsorship and advertising. There should be neither selling nor buying in this event. However, the last bold sentence is very confused to me. Could anyone explain it? Thank you.

    Regards, Beeja

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    #2

    Re: Resist the substitution of consumption

    It seems to be saying that they think people should take part in things (participatory experience) rather than simply watching them (consumption).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Resist the substitution of consumption

    I agree with the OP. In my opinion, the organizer is against money that comes from outside sources: donations, advertising, and membership fees.

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    #4

    Re: Resist the substitution of consumption

    Ah, I see. It's "substitute something for something". I just thought about "substitution of consumption", that's why I couldn't understand exactly what the rule maker wants.

    Thank you!

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    #5

    Re: Resist the substitution of consumption

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It seems to be saying ....
    (My emphasis).

    Just out of interest I plugged this into the Text Analyzer. The help text there says:

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    This gobbledegook has a Fog Index of 16.9.

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    Re: Resist the substitution of consumption

    Knowing what I know about Burning Man, and its theme of counter-culture, I'm inclined to agree with emsr's interpretation of this sentence, although what the OP and Mike suggest are also in line with the concept of Burning Man.

    The underlying theme of each Burning Man is sharing, and participating, somehow contributing - either by exhibiting, helping with setup/take down, clean up, etc.

    They highly discourage people from just showing up and watching, without somehow contributing something - even if it's just walking around naked in body paint....
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    Re: Resist the substitution of consumption

    I got the impression that, by rejecting "sponsorships, transactions or advertising" they are basically saying that it's all about the "experience" and they don't want it to be all about buying and selling. About corporations. About consuming things.

    (Of course, if my impressions are correct, Burning Man participants certainly consume a lot of substances. Just not those sold by big corporations.)

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