Milosevic the Great

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Milosevic the Great The statement “Raving is Not a Crime” is written on several bumper stickers, posters, and t-shirts across America and undoubtedly, across the world. Those who see this message are given a negative undertone to what the rave scene is. All over the United States people are viewed as criminals because they rave. The purpose of this message isn’t necessarily to attract a certain group of people, but rather to promote the thought, will, and toleration that is part of the rave culture and overlooked by the rest of society. There is a conflict between the message ravers want to send and how society receives it. Ravers are not trying to send a direct message, but rather solely trying to portray themselves, only for their own happiness. Why should this bother society? The rave culture is built around a general moral policy – to love, to cherish, and to accept others and their differences, while welcoming change and variety. A rave is a personal utopia, where participants go to socialize, to dance, and to let loose all their inhibitions without worrying about being judged by others that cannot accept the fact that they are different. Some ravers do drugs; however, most get high on the atmosphere alone. It is an amazing experience and a chance to let go of fears and worries for at least a few hours. Many ravers dress in a way that is looked down upon by much of society. Big pants, beaded bracelets and necklaces, fairy wings, and unique hairstyles seem foreign to observers. The style of music and dance is also distinct, but not always accepted. Then again, not all ravers dress or look at all different from what society calls “the everyday person”. Raving is a state of mind, not the way someone dresses. Many people involved in the rave culture listen to “Electronic” music. Some different types are “trance”, “house”, “hip-hop”, and “happy hardcore”. One example of a “rave dance” is “liquid dancing” which is done when someone, basically, dances with their hands, using glow sticks. Ravers do not pay attention to how people think they dance. They dance along to how they feel the music. The music moves them, and many find this to be a very exhilarating and therapeutic exercise. These raves are held in legal clubs or venues. The promoters of these raves have also gone through many legal steps and gotten legal permission from the city or town in which the party will be held.
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