Every year, San Francisco empties out during Burning Man week. Suddenly there are no lines at the cargo container ice cream shop. Nobody is wearing an “interesting” hat to make a statement about self-actualisation. We are at peace. That’s why a group of comedians are crowdsourcing a Great Wall of San Francisco.
I think this might be my favourite use of crowdsourcing ever. It’s urban infrastructure satire wrapped up with an appropriate level of scepticism about Burning Man. Yes, it’s true that the annual apocalyptic art event started on San Francisco’s own Baker Beach, but it’s been a long time since the Barbary Coast embraced Burners.
And that’s why comedy group Cultivated Wit is raising $US7 billion to erect a 480km wall around San Francisco during Burning Man. It’s all happening over at MegaGoGo, the “funding platform for large scale infrastructure.” When the festival is over, Burners will find that they cannot return. It’s the only way to end the co-dependent relationship that has developed between the City by the Bay and Black Rock City.
This is the best idea anyone has had since the MegaGoGo effort to redirect the Mississippi River to California.
And yes, in case it wasn’t clear, this is a joke. Created by comedians. You’re welcome, my literal-minded friends.