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"An entire community converged around the sculpture. It was more than a sculpture; it was a presence. A presence that invited interaction."
- Larry Harvey, regarding the genesis of Burning Man

"It's about imagery. It's easy to turn imagery into a commodity."
- Maid Marian
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Welcome to the Black Rock City Community Collective, a grassrooots movement comprised of burners and community organizers acting in concerted effort to assist the BMorg in collaborating together with the Community to make wise choices for the greater good of the Burning Man Arts Festival. Our aim is to make the experience of Burning Man one in alignment with our highest values of radical self-expression, self-reliance, community-in-action, and the gift economy.

Since first launching this website, it was brought to our attention that we shouldn't speak on behalf of the entire community, and we agree wholeheartedly. We encourage everyone to express their individual opinions and concerns as it relates to the issues brought forth in this website to the Burning Man Organization directly. To that end, you can find out how to contact BMorg as well as ourselves on the "Contact Us" page.

According to Maid Marian, the Mistress of Communication for BMorg: "Burning Man is more than just an event in the desert. We are all members of a greater community. It takes a great deal of work and collective coordination to bring Burning Man to fruition each year. Your role as artist, theme camp creator, pre-event or onsite volunteer, ranger or musician is critical to creating a safe, expressive and commerce-free community."

In the spirit of Maid Marian's statement, the Black Rock City Community Collective was born. The BRC-CC's mission is to focus the Community's energy to impact positively on the Burning Man Arts Festsival by deflecting energies that are sapping the event's vitality into more positive directions. We strive to give voice and empowerment to every person that participates, and in so doing, assisting the Community to reflect and expand its own highest standards for art, self-reliance, self-expression, communal effort and civic responsibility. Since BMorg tends to speak downwards to the masses, we serve to give the Community a voice to speak back with authority resulting in a positive dialogue and accountability.

Together we hope we can work to preserve integrity of our home -- our special place, our sacred space -- to commune, to celebrate, to create and to radically express. Therefore, we believe when the founding principles of Burning Man are compromised, weakened or threatened, it is within the Community's right to speak out and for the BMorg to hear us and respond accordingly

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AND ITS IMPACT ON OUR COMMUNITY

Stop the BMorg from airing a reality TV show filmed at Burning Man 2005!

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A few weeks before Burning Man 2005, the BMorg entered into an agreement and was paid an undisclosed fee to allow the taping of a reality television show at the event.

The Discovery Times Channel is available to 33 million subscribers in the United States and is a joint venture between The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) and Discovery Communications, Inc. (DCI), the leading global real-world media and entertainment company. The DCI and NYT revenues are $1.7 and $3.3 billion respectively. This year, Discovery filmed an episode of their new cable program called "Only in America" at Burning Man.

We find this fee and the resulting advertising revenue generated from this program to be a commoditization of the art and culture of the Burning Man Community. This is the gross antithesis of the "10 Principles" as set by BMorg, particularly principle #3 "Decommodification" which states: "our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising."

In light of these principles, it's hard to rationalize this deal BMorg has made with a major cable and news conglomerate. We believe it could potentially and unwittingly take the Community somewhere that we don't want to go. If commercializing the event is where BMorg wants to direct us, then let it state its intentions clearly so that all those involved can make a decision on whether to continue supporting it with money, time, art and volunteerism.

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