Safety in an online burn:

(safety fourth?)

It’s one thing for us to haul out into the desert, dress up in outlandish outfits and cavort to our hearts’ delight – but how does it work when our gatherings go digital?

Many of us will have the same persona or profile online that we do in real life – and that’s quite a departure from the usual dynamic at the burn, when we can be, well, anyone we want to. So if you’re engaging in an online burn, remember the golden rule:

Don't be kak. Be lekker.

And how does this translate, online? With online interaction, things can be very different from real-world interaction. It’s a space where you have to be quite clear, or else run the risk of being misunderstood (because there’s no body language or eye contact). Something else to consider is that being online doesn’t equate to being safe; more: as we all know, some of the activities we engage in at the burn are pretty private, and we wouldn’t want those shared – so if you’re planning on creating an activity that you want to be kept private, think about who you invite or where you share your links. If it’s a private activity, do your best to keep yourself and your people safe: think about creating a safe space rather than a public one.

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