Playa Public Service Announcement – Where do I find the Internet?

So many people want to find the internet at Burning Man that it might have already crashed from overuse!

But it’s easy to manage the internet if you know how! Today’s Playa Tip is here to help!

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Pro Tip: it’s not really Radical Self-Expression if your friends don’t record it on their phones!

Caveat is the author (under a clever pseudonym) of “A Guide to Bars and Nightlife in the Sacred City,” which has nothing to do with Burning Man. Contact him at Caveat (at)

About the author: Caveat Magister

Caveat is Burning Man's Philosopher Laureate. A founding member of its Philosophical Center, he is the author of The Scene That Became Cities: what Burning Man philosophy can teach us about building better communities, and Turn Your Life Into Art: lessons in Psychologic from the San Francisco Underground. He has also written several books which have nothing to do with Burning Man. He has finally got his email address caveat (at) burningman (dot) org working again. He tweets, occasionally, as @BenjaminWachs

8 Comments on “Playa Public Service Announcement – Where do I find the Internet?

  • Azalea says:

    Love. I thought it was going to be “go fuck yourself” but I was pretty close.

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  • Corvus says:

    Aw, you wasted a perfectly good prank. Mine would have been more along the lines of: Bring your smart phone and a step stool at least two feet high out to point 3. Stand on the step stool and face exactly southwest. If it is not already on, activate voice command feature on your phone. Speak the following pass phrase loudly enough your phone can pick it up above the wind: I’m sofa king wee tar dead. If nothing happens, try realigning yourself to be sure you’re *exactly* southwest, and say the pass phrase louder. Repeat until enlightenment or an epiphany occurs.

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  • g says:

    I know of someone last year who did establish a working videochat capable wi-fi network and of course password protected it. He mentioned how amusing it was to see how many passers-by stopped dead in their tracks with their fondle slabs and attempted to access the network.
    Yes folks there are those who wander around burning man looking for their cyber fix rather than experiencing immediacy with the community.

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  • Mike says:

    BMorg is always looking for new profit centers. Why wouldn’t they charge for wifi on the playa? It would be easy money. And shut up about the decommodification principle, it’s total bullshit.

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  • Nick says:

    I cannot get time off from work. My work requires <1 hour of internet use per day. Based on the comments here, I’m supposed to feel like I don’t belong on the playa since I have to get on the internet <1 hour per day in order to pay for my trip to the playa. Go f$%k yourselves.

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  • Trilo says:

    Brilliant, as ever!

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  • Lazlo says:

    Love it! Although I also would have appreciated a good “left handed smoke shifter” type prank as Corvus suggested.
    But… for those who really need connectivity for work or personal reasons (my S/O Puddles and I both have jobs that would not allow us to be out of contact for days on end…), a little radical self reliance is in order. We installed a HughesNet satellite internet system on my RV. There are portable tripod based systems as well. You can also use a satellite phone with an internet connection which you can rent from various providers all over the country. None of these options are inexpensive, but if its a choice between spending the cash for connectivity, or not being able to go Home, well…

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  • InterwebzLvr says:

    I know an awesome place on playa where there’s free food and high-speed internet! Oh, wait… *inserts foot in mouth*

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