Burning Man Festival Draws Tech Industry Titans

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Founders and employees from tech companies like Google, Amazon, Twitter, Zynga and Uber are in increasing presence at the Burning Man festival.

Until recently, Burning Man was a countercultural event drawing people dedicated to the "spirit of community, art, self expression and self reliance." Thousands of participants gathered for a week of celebration in the Nevada desert, and left without a trace.

Increasingly, the festival has become a draw for people from the tech industry, including the founders of Google, Tesla and Facebook, leading some to ask if the festival is now just a mirror of the larger culture and not something apart.

Nellie Bowles, culture editor for the tech news site Re/code, discusses this question with Here & Now's Robin Young.


This segment aired on September 2, 2014.


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