RAVERS: IN THEIR OWN WORDS!
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I think that a lot of times when the society is unaware of something they
will make characterizations about it that are just simply outrageous. It's
this lack of understanding that creates such a paranoia that CREATES
this idea that there is indeed a danger. And this paranoia is what is
Have you ever attended a rock/alternative/rap concert? Do you notice
just how many people are doing drugs there? Have you ever seen so
many people freely smoking marijuana or sniffing coke or shooting up
or eating mushrooms? Take your news cameras to a Korn concert and
see what type of things go on there. I can guarantee you that you would
find more illegal/dangerous activity there than at any rave. Please try
to understand that there are much worse things going on than a bunch
of young people getting together at a "rave" to listen to music and
dance. Raves have been a far safer atmoshpere for young people than
typical concerts and other activities available to young people.
Where else could you possibly find a place that preaches PEACE,
LOVE, UNITY, and RESPECT for all people everywhere??? Let me
tell you that if your kid is going to raves, he or she is not as
mischievious as you may think. This is an environment that accepts kids
from all backgrounds and all personalities. Perhaps your child is the
one who has always felt left, out depressed...imagine if he could find a
safe place to be accepted and maybe just maybe, he found some friends
and lost that idea that he doesn't fit in this world. He feels like he does
belong here now and is accepted somewhere. Maybe just maybe his
acceptance has saved him from deep depression, maybe suicide.......
Would you want to see something that keeps kids motivated about
LIFE and LOVE to be destroyed...? Probably not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please, stop destroying our scene with all of this misrepresentation and
talk to the people who are truly a part of this wonderful scene. It has
helped me and I hope that it can help other kids as well.
I am sick and tired of the media going after what they believe
is a "juicy" story. I have been in this scene (the "rave" scene)
for about 4 years now, and I have been the victim of the media
twisting what they see time and time again. I think that it is
past the time when the media needs to stop looking at what's
going on at the surface level and start realizing what "in-depth
reporting" really is. Journalism is not about getting the most
attention, but about getting the facts CORRECT and about
telling the "story" truthfully. The media needs to stop focusing
on what gets them the most viewers/listeners/readers, and
needs to start focusing on what is really going on. Please, no
more creating stories for personal gain. Realize what is really
going on and try to focus on that.
George "logic7" Jones
Once again, the media looks for something new to exploit and
sensationalize for ratings. Television media disgusts me. The
way we are fed constant misinformation has many believing
that raves are nothing more than drug dens where your
children go to get their weekly fix. This is the same media that
has told us that video games make children violent (nevermind
that parent's aren't to even buy them for their kids), the same
media that exploits every tragic or scandalous event, milking it
for all it's worth (see also: Columbine High, Waco Texas, O.J.
Simpson, and Pres. Clinton/Monica Lewinski). The very same
media would have you believe that all young black males are
drug dealers or gangbangers, and have you believe that most
middle aged white men are serial killers and rapists. Though it
cannot be denied that there are drugs at SOME parties like
these, it's nowhere near as bad as depicted recently. One or
two parties cannot represent the entire scene, just like Jeffrey
Dalhmer and Tupac don't represent their respective groups.
Wake up!!! do some research...you might just fall in love with the
music...not all of us are in it for the drugs...go to a country club...a
hip hop club...a red-neck bar...drugs are everywhere...whats your
DJ GLENN ASTON (UK)
i'm from england and rave/dance music is the biggest and best thing
that's happened in the uk for a very long time....since the beatles. let
everyone enjoy themselves instead of trying to stop it and trying
to push it underground....this will just cause more trouble maybe in
the long run, believe me...that's what they tried in england with the
scene back in the late 80's/early 90's.......good luck and peace
raves are not places for violence or alcohol. i never see these at
parties. leave us alone. go to the source
Instead of focusing on drugs at raves (there are just as many or
more at a Metallica concert) focus on the raves that help. Such as
canned food or clothes drive raves that happen every weekend!
the media needs to investigate and focus more on the positive
aspects of our scene, which are many. the general public needs to
be aware that a rave event is one of the safest places a person can
attend. there is much more trauma, fights, drug use, etc., at punk
and heavy metal events, yet the media never attacks them - I've yet
to see how this is fair and accurate.
It would be nice to see something actually news worthy on TV, as
opposed to kids having fun. What is this world coming to if an entire
generation is being publicized as doing something wrong, when in
fact it's no different from what generations before them have done??!!
I think the media is being completely unreasonable and is gving an
inaccurate description of the rave scene. It is not merely a place
where teenagers go who are fiending for drugs! That is assanine to
jump to such an unrealistic conclusion when MANY of the kids who
go make a descision to party sober. You refuse to even bother
mentioning the intense music that so many of us enjoy, the great,
positive vibes that permeate through the venues, the interesting,
individualistic, new people you can meet when you go....and most
importantly you didn't make any mention of a significant part of the
rave culture: the PLUR. In case you are unaware of what this
signifies...it means Peace-Love-Unity-Respect. And sorry to be so
straight forward, but I believe that you and the media are the
WORST example of PLUR. All this excessive media coverage is
degrading to our scene and you refuse to hear OUR opinions and
perspectives on this controversial debate. The news is supposed to be
a place where a person can turn to in order to become an informed
member of society, however, people who hear this will get a grave
misinterpretation of what raves are all about. If the media is really
all about equality and hearing both sides of a controversial issue than
I only have 4 words to say to you... practice what you preach!
stop the madness...its not fair that our "scene" has been so
butchered...there are two sides to everything....why look at only the
negatives?...the positives out number the negatives and it's about
time that they are noticed...peace everyone!!
"Raves" are more than just parties. They are a culture in their own.
People who choose to make the wrong decisions should be held to
their own consequences. The whole community shouldn't suffer.
Focus on the people who love the music and enjoy going to the all
nite "Raves" to dance and be free. For if it wasn't for these "Raves"
we couldn't be who we are. Society wouldn't accept us.
the rave scene isn't about drugs...its another dimension where u can
be whoever u want and people seem to care. peace love unity and
respect....my raver friends are my family* the scene is beautiful....
the media has made it ugly.
Stop the Negative Propaganda, don't you remember how bad it gets
when the media uses this scare tactic?? Doesn't anyone remember
WW1 or 2??? come on people, we are not criminals, we are your
youth, your neighbors your co-workers and your friends. We are
artists and dancers, we are the hippies of the modern day and we do
not deserve this ignorant abuse that has hailed down upon us by the
media! open your mind and you will see that our hearts our good and
full of love.
Just because our recreation is "different" according to society's
standards, we do not need to be ridiculed and have our
freedoms taken away. I don't want the freedom I have
discovered to be destroyed before my eyes. We simply need to
get ourselves together, be responsible and respect each other.
Mathew Boynton (Kid Emcee)
Just as any culture forms and grows, it is met with both
optimistic and pessimistic views. It's very unfortunate that a
culture that shows no bias towards race, creed, or sexuality
has fallen prey to discouragment. It takes a strong body of
people to rise past all of these setbacks, and the people who
bring them forth. Its only logical that we remember that there
are two sides to every story, and we reserve the right to voice
our side. Just as the news media has been doing for a long
time now. It is not to say that we don't invite some negative
aspects such as drug use into our gatherings every weekend,
but these events are not built solely on open drug use,
violence, and/or open sexuality (as the media portrays it).
These things can be found in every culture! These things are
also found in the media. It's evident because if it weren't, there
would be no need for drug testing of any kind, nor would there
be laws against your conduct with the opposite sex in the work
place. But the news dosen't seem to find it worthwhile to
report on the positive aspect of our culture. Regardless of if it's
the rave scene or 'other'! But in a society that is 'supposed' to
be built on freedoms such as speech, we haven't yet been
given the chance to voice our views publically or rationally.
Has anyone forgotten about our right and freedom to gather
publically, or is this right waived because we do it while
everyone else is sleeping! Let us also not forget that there are
those individuals who are trying to make a difference in this
scene, and those people are the ones who need to be heard!
Dale Allan Hendel Junior
I am a 24 year old, responsible college graduate, and I feel that
attending raves has made a very positive impact on my life, and
the lives of others.
I am 19 years old, attending college full time and I go to raves
very frequently. Raves are about the music, the wonderful
people and the commUNITY. I go to raves simply because I
love the music more than any other type on earth.
if you (the media) would just shut your mouths and let
others talk for once maybe you would get somewhere in this
crazy society that we live in...stop acting like a journalist and
like a person for once..."To thy own self be true..."
Before you turn on your cameras and open your mouth, why
don't you open you eyes.
Before the media continues to slander the "rave scene" why
don't you show the good we do and the good in raves... Not all
raves are like the ones the media shows, and yes, some things
like that occur at raves, but a lot of us go to raves just to listen
to the musical electronica beats that we love so much. The
media will never understand the rave scene, so don't try to
report bad on it. **Don't knock what you haven't tried**
The news is giving the whole scene a shady name and saying
it's all about the drugs. The media is far from the truth. They're
twisting the words around to make it seem like the party kids
are wrong and bad. Raves are about the people, the music, the
vibe and dancing. Not the drugs. They need to stop giving us
such a bad name.
Yes i agree greatly with this i believe in P.L.U.R. and the
media isn't giving the community any say have they said
anything about the great people that are involved in the scene?
or the great music and unity that is created when everyone is
together? I just want to say thanks for speaking out against the
the slander. Keep Up The Positive Vibe.
leave tabloid journalism to Jerry Springer
It's not about the drugs, it's the PLUR.
Music is my Drug: Dancing is my High!
A Parents View
My name is Brenda Hawtin, parent to Richie Hawtin,
international dj, successful businessman and ambassador
for Windsor. He, Rich, is also involved in rave parties.
I recently attended Sandra Pupatello's presentation at the Capitol
Theater of her new video, Dancing in the Dark. The video
has been shown to Grades 7 through Grade 9, telling them of the
dangers of attending rave parties, as these parties promote and
supply the drug "ecstacy". As a parent, I know full well the
worries and concerns all parents have whenever drugs are
involved, I know what lengths we will go to protect our children
from drugs. But I feel I must inform parents that the raves kids
so very much enjoy do not encourage kids to take drugs.
Far from it. Before entering, the kids are frisked and, if any drugs
are found, they are turned away. If anyone is caught taking any
illegal substance, including liquor, they are escorted out.
Police and security are hired, and a member of the medical world
is always on hand.
I guess what I am trying to say is, it is not raves that make kids
take drugs. Kids who take any illegal substances take them, rave
or not. Unfortunately, drugs are widely available, from school
grounds to public parks. We as parents must become more
vigilant to take time to be there for our kids, to learn to listen to
them and even to put our own lives on hold for a while to do our
job as parents. The teenage years are special years - our
offspring are flexing their wings, preparing to fly. But they still
need us so very much while they experiment with life.
We should encourage them to explore and investigate, and if we
have done our job well and given them the knowledge and ability
to know right from wrong,let them know we will be there for them.
We should not be afraid to let them enjoy the odd rave or two. So,
they may be out until the early hous of the morning dancing the
night away. As long as you know where they are- and they are
aware you know - and you show them some trust. There has been
so much negative press recently about raves, I can understand a
parents concern. The last thing any parent wants is a child
overdosing - or worse.
We must teach our kids about the dangers of drugs. But do not tie
them entirely to raves. Drugs are everywhere and if your kid
wants to take drugs, they will obtain them, rave or not.
So please, Ms. Pupatello, lay off the rave crowd and put that
energy into educating our kids and parents about life, drugs and
take me back to winkys universe!
...nothing new here in this part
of the Universe since
11:49 A.M. P.S.T., Saturday, May 20, 2000
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