Sorry to hijack the thread.
haha nice rant. I have been in the scene for quite a while now, and personally believe that it's gone to shit because of all those involved in the actual scene. ie; the current generation of ravers.
So what if we vote for another politician. So what if ACA shows those sort of stories. It doesn't affect the dance music community anywhere near as much as something on imports. Why? Well the can't really bring in any 'new laws' to stop anything. All they can do is tighten security.
Events aren't being cancelled because the government/pollies don't want them. They are being cancelled as organisers do not what their event to have a shit reputation for the amount of f**kwits in victoria that OD, or just f**k up the festival.
I'm still not quite sure what you feel the government/media is actually doing to kill the rave scene.
The commercialisation of it has had MUCH more of an effect on the kinds of people that go to these events, and it's decline in quality, than the bad stories on the news.
But as many will say.. it's only 'evolution.' Things change.
I also wrote out a little article a fair while ago, have a read..
Basically 'RAVERS' are a dying breed.
The scene has been constantly evolving since it began over 20 years ago. And it will be forever changing until it DIES (if ever truely.. and not just merely another change).
The answer to why the clubs aren't supported enough is quite simple, and is as follows.
The older generation, or 'ravers' (i'm pretty sure from what i've seen, we are the last) are dying out. Week in, week out, at most clubs, the crowd changes.
People come into the scene, LEARN ABOUT IT, have their time, take from it what they will, and then no longer go out for whatever reason. This is quite often due to the fact that they can no longer take any more 'experiences' from the scene as they have done it do death. This is also quite often due to drugs, as drugs and the rave scene exist in a parallel.
Some simply can't afford the drugs, or to pay for entry into clubs and events, as they're trying to settle down and save money. And as most ravers know, when you're going out every weekend, it's quite difficult to afford unless you have a decent job.
So theres another reason.
Basically, what this is leading to, is the fact that the scene has evolved and changed so much and SO FAST within the past 5-7 years, and become quite 'mainstream,' that every *milkshake* and his dog can access 'the scene' through the internet or youtube.
This leads to ALOT of misinterpretation about what the RAVE SCENE is, what it provides, how it came about, and all the history in relation to it.
I know when I came into the scene, I already had an endless amount of knowledge on it, yet no real experience (which you can only get from being a part of the scene).
This is the main problem of today!
The fact that young kids are enjoying this almost 'mainstream' music called hard trance and hardstyle, and enjoy taking drugs, clubs have now become exactly that. A place to take drugs. (hence why the scene is now full of sleeze bags and junkies, rather than ravers).
It USED to be "we go out to a rave club to listen to the music, and have a dance, and we MAY take drugs to enhance all this."
NOW its "we're going to go take drugs at this club, theres also sick music there bro."
The whole IDEAL of what the scene is about has almost been completely abolished, as the younger generation see no need to learn about the scene. They take it as a given. They can access it through 'youtube.' They can get onto underage forums and improve their 'shuffle.' All the wrong attitudes are formed as they do not yearn to learn the history of what the scene is, and these attitudes are taken into the scene with them when they DO finally decide to go to rave clubs.
Hence it making the whole environment a really shit place due to every above mentioned point.
THIS is why the scene will die out, and THIS is why alot of people don't come out anymore. Because the whole 'new generation' cannot comprehend more than a youtube link, and one single minded egotistical way of thinking about the scene.
ie; the scene is now full of wankers and shitcunts because alot of these new people coming into it see that everyone else is, and it's ok to act like that. The environment now suits them as a person.
It used to be PLUR PLUR PLUR, hugs, kisses, massive smiles. And considering 99% of people were fluro coloured and happy, any new *richard cranium* who came in and saw this was either going to change their ways, or just never go back.
Now, it's almost difficult to find these sort of people.
I've seen people come and go, and fall into the same shit every time, as people are always 'changing.' Alot of 'the scene' goes straight to their heads, and this is partly due to my previous mentioned points.