I think we need to separate the BIP pamphlet from the BIP fora. I think the BIP fora are probably less intimidating in a certain respect in that it is more open-ended, and by its nature, requires input from multiple sources.
As far as the pamphlet I can understand, to a certain degree, how someone who is just not paying attention would get lost in the "black"ness and the "prison"ness of the metaphor. I guess I see the BIP as a downsized PD. that is, we fired middle-management, which in the PD was teh funnay. We gave teh funnay its walking papers and proceeded without him. Cut out the fat. Cut to the chase. Cut to the bone! Tough love. Not everyone can handle that, it is true.
I guess lately my curmudgeony opinion is "fuck 'em". If they are so dense that they can't get out of their own way to see what is being said, we don't need em. Really. I truly believe if I had picked this up, didn't know any of you cats, or anything about the PD, I would have gotten it. "Yeah the world is fucked up! Damn straight! But, if I can keep my wits about me, if I can keep ME, I have a fighting chance."
Besides, do we really want to get at people who are so vapid and only skim the surfaces in life? If so, then yes, this approach will never, ever work. Maybe that's where the magazine comes in. Gloss it up. Put some BIP-babes in the centerfold. Put in a crossword puzzle. Put in some Discordian Recipes. Oh, and of course, we cannot forget the complimentary spoon.
Please to not be losing the sarcasm.