arianawa.A3.140

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Ariana Wall Writing 140: Section 64415 Dr. Jeffery Chisum October 19, 2009 Assignment #3 Kandi, Dress-Up, and Nicknames: A Subculture of a Child’s Fantasy The hippies of the 60s, the disco fever of the 70s, the punkers of the 80s: drawing inspira- tion from various elements of each of these counterculture movements, the “rave” lifestyle of this generation has been born (Kahn-Egan 1). However, this subculture is one unique to any of the past youth revolutions as it is one based on the gathering of people together as an escape rather than clamorously protesting or opposing societal ways. With much of the lifestyle based around a youthful concept and elements, it seems to create an getaway for these people who do not want to face the act of growing up and the responsibilities that come along with it. Defined as an “alternative, underground nightclub movement promoting techno music, synth drugs and teenage angst” (Kahn-Egan 1), the rave subculture provides a place for young adults to leave any sort of idea of responsibility at the door and forget the concept of authority for a night. Counter- cultures are usually portrayed through aggression and anger, the rave subculture, however, provides just the opposite combining a place of no judgement with elements completely revolved around youthfulness and euphoria (no wonder the substance of choice is “ecstasy”). The inspira- tion for the movement is based more around the ornate and dazzling decorations, lighting, music and costumes rather than defying a societal issue. The rave subculture defines itself as one that distinctly differs from mainstream culture specifically through its expressions, esoteric rituals, and lifestyles that are centered around secrecy and escape from the public, but exaggerated with- in their subculture. 1
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One of the most distinguishable traits of the rave subculture is based around its exclusiv- ity to enter the event and the secrecy of the location. These types of dance parties originated in Europe as what is known as the “Acid House Phenomenon” of 1988--places where teenagers could take extremely dangerous drugs at secret locations (Staines 1). Due to the illegal activity involved in these events, the British police began patrolling them but rather than eliminating these types of dances altogether, they were moved to Los Angeles (Staines 1). This under-the- radar transition to Los Angeles and hiding from authorities probably generated much of the secrecy aspect of the raves that is still a significant custom of the lifestyle today. Since the raves are based around the idea of an “escape” its no wonder there are many complications involved in finding the usually secret location. An average situation would involve a group text message to
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