Is it sad that I would love to watch a video of your ranting and explaining the differences between "real" raves and those that are at like anime conventions?
I think it would be fun and educational :-)
Heh.. that would probably be received wrong and I would get far too much hate from it.
I think coming from someone who has been in the "real" rave scene since she was 16 has a right to be a cocky-bitchy elitist as you so mildly put it. But I understand now. Thank you for the through explanation.
of course.. but I just don’t want to come off elitist. :( That’s not the attitude I want to give off.
I have been to quite a few raves myself at anime conventions. I don't like them unless I am with a group of friends.
Like with any space involving dancing, I just don't like the idea of dancing alone. Some people don't care but I do. I can have fun by myself in my hotel room asleep.
If I am going to be at a rave I would rather be dancing with someone I know and gradually, possibly dance with someone new.
lol. Anime cons arent raves at all.
I’ve been a part of the scene since I was about 16. That post was about where the PLUR has gone, and how downhill the scene has gone since it’s gotten popular. It seems that all the scene is now is drugs and shit-talking.
Raving to me is best defined as P.L.U.R. Peace Love Unity and Respect. I can’t describe the rave scene and culture with a better word/acronym. I was introduced into the rave scene by my close friends Yurie and Jacob, and as soon as I saw what it was about, I knew it would be something that would be a part of my life. The unity and peacefulness that everyone was experiencing was shocking. I didn’t know that the rave community was like this, it’s reputation was badly tarnished by propaganda and stereotyping. Back then raving was about uniting under common music interests, enjoying your friends’ company, taking care of your fellow ravers and making sure they were having a safe and enjoyable time. Back then I could trust anyone at the rave to take care of me and that was the one time that I knew I could put my complete faith in a complete stranger. Further solidifying the unity felt was the exchanging of kandi. I remember where and from whom I received each piece of kandi and each one is special to me. The best moments for me are when everyone in the crowd recognizes the song being played and they all start humming or singing together. At EDC this felt amazing, having 80,000 people spiritually, mentally, and emotionally connected through one song. This was only 16 months ago that I started raving.
Recently the scene has drastically changed. I can no longer put my complete trust in a stranger, I’m always constantly checking my pockets to make sure no one has stolen anything, I’m now on my own, there’s no one to check up on me and make sure I’m having a great time. People now ridicule my kandi, the physical manifestation of the idea of P.L.U.R., believe me this is a strong blow to my raving ego. There are those people who don’t understand the idea of kandi and what it represents. What annoys me the most are the ones who ask for kandi, yes as a fellow raver, if you have none I’ll GLADLY give you kandi. BUT when you keep asking for more and more and start asking for cuffs, that’s where I draw the line. When I talk to friends about recent raves they attended, all they talk about are the “annoying people at the rave” or how they wanted to “beat someone up” or about the fight that went on. All I think in my head is, “where did all the P.L.U.R. go?” I also realize that raves are a place where people do drugs. All the recent media and government attention to raves have put it in the spotlight, putting it under fire from scrutiny from it’s opponents. Now is not the time to be irresponsible and be getting into fights or overdosing. COME ON PEOPLE! This isn’t what raving is about. Raving is about the PEACE LOVE UNITY and RESPECT. Be respectful, be responsible, or it may end for us all.
This is where I’m very conflicted. I love raving, I love the music, I love the culture. I want it to grow and I very gladly will share this with new people. But if this is the price to sharing the rave culture and P.L.U.R. then I don’t want to share it at all. Perhaps it’s a bit selfish of me but I feel that this new wave of ravers don’t understand what it truly means to be at a rave or to be a raver. Granted that I’m relatively new myself, to the rave scene, I still consider myself to be someone who truly understands P.L.U.R. and raving. I guess the best thing for now would be to try and spread the P.L.U.R. wherever I go and hope it catches on.