by David Ng
Itís rare when a subculture as controversial as the rave underground gets a sympathetic, much less fair, hearing in the mainstream media. Hysterical news outlets all over the country cry out in indignation over the latest drug-and-sound fueled invasions of local warehouses, using the flippant caricature of "dance-aholic Ecstasy abusers" to describe its participants. Figures are cited, claiming an epidemic of E overdoses on the dance floor. Reports by law enforcement officials describing raids on the parties lend an official air to the news stories. In all probability, most of these reporters have never spent much time beyond the front door of the raves, relying on brief observations and hearsay from marginal participants to conjure up fantasies of the most illicit of gatherings.
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