Why Burning Man is not an example of a loosely regulated tech utopia
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The rules are important at Burning Man. But being rich means you get to do what you want, just like anywhere else
“We used to have R.V.s and precooked meals,” said a man who attends Burning Man with a group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs… “Now, we have the craziest chefs in the world and people who build yurts for us that have beds and air-conditioning.” He added with a sense of amazement, “Yes, air-conditioning in the middle of the desert!”
His camp includes about 100 people from the Valley and Hollywood start-ups, as well as several venture capital firms. And while dues for most non-tech camps run about $300 a person, he said his camp’s fees this year were $25,000 a person. A few people, mostly female models flown in from New York, get to go free, but when all is told, the weekend accommodations will collectively cost the partygoers over $2 million.
Such camps, reports Bilton, also included “Sherpas” that serve as servants.
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This seems totally not in the spirit of what Burning Man 's intentions are.
Burning Man is almost 30 years old. Some of the old timers made a lot of money and don't have the desire to withstand roughing it any more.
The notion of bringing servants though is pretty disgusting.