I'd nominate this guy, but it seems like he's gonna simply run away fromt he rest of the pack. Therefore, Bay Area Douchebag of the Year goes to SF Gate columnist Mark Morford, who in responding to emails complaining that his weekend coverage of Burning Man excess during the worst Natural Disaster in American History wrote:
"In other words, in the aftermath of hurricanes and national tragedies and in the face of the most ham-fisted and heartless and freedom-stabbing administration in recent American history, we need this sort of "trifling" Burning Man fluff more than ever, to act as spark, as beacon, as counterbalance. I know, it's not a perfect idea. It solves no ecological woes. It saves no lives from the floodwaters. But it's all we've got.
Burning Man is nothing if not all about the celebration of life, the illumination of spirit and the glittery determination of the human soul to find raw joy in the world no matter what, to redefine community and break out of normal modes of thought and to openly thwart the demons of uptight neo-conservative sexless dogma, with drinks. To not only survive, but to survive with humor and style and joy and dust and many open-mouthed screams of dangerous bliss, with fire."
See, what I failed to realize is that Morford's coverage of Burning Man was actually helping soothe the pain of Hurricane Katrina.
Hey, I'll be the first to admit that I watched college football over the weekend, but unlike the Burning Man douchebag faithful, I at no point built that up to be anything other than a short diversion and completely insignificant compared to the events in the Gulf.
How pompus and absurd it would be if I droned on about how, now more than ever, we need college football (even though people of that community are probably more interested in LSU and Tulane football more than a bunch of skeevy self-described artists taking drugs in the desert). Burning Man attendees aren't burdened with such humility.
Everyone who comes back from Burning Man boasts of a life-changing experience, but the fact that Morford couldn't put that on hold to show a bit of respect and/or empathy for the Gulf Disaster, other than how Burning Man relates to it, breaks new self-absorbed ground, even for Burning Man people.
Here's a news break, Mark: Burning Man doesn not make you totally unique!