I find it more interesting that man-culture would feel the need to carve out a corner of the social networking sandbox at all, when the Internet is such an expansive beach of dude. The Web was laid on a foundation of porn, built with walls of lewd jokes, shingled on top with the discussion strains of a Reddit board.Washington Post Reporter Monica Hesse • Debating the validity of a site called Dudepins, which is — you guessed it — an attempt to build Pinterest for men. Dudepins isn’t so much the male-oriented Pinterest as the 2004-era Spike TV version of Pinterest, a version of Pinterest so obsessed with mandom that it looks like it’s trying too hard, to the point where non-manly things are taken down. While growth is happening quickly, according to its owners, we’d like to offer up an anecdote from a movie that’s decidedly not manly, “Mean Girls”: “Stop trying to make fetch happen!”
But at its core, Harvey believes that Burning Man hews closely to the true spirit of a free-enterprise democracy: Ingenuity is celebrated, autonomy is affirmed, and self-reliance is expected. “If you’re talking about old-fashioned, Main Street Republicanism, we could be the poster child,” says Harvey, who hastens to add that the festival is non-ideological — and doesn’t anticipate being in GOP campaign ads anytime soon.
In which the establishment’s collective mind is blown by how much it has in common with an event built around the burning of a giant effigy.