|Written by Staff|
|Saturday, 19 September 2009 11:52|
A compilation article quoting various members of glowsticking.com
"The glowsticking and rave scene was created to not have crews, to not have gangs, and to not have someone trying to be the best. Many of you probably don't realize this and that's what is so sad. The "scene" has been watered down so heavily over the years by various outside influences that it has turned into something that allows these people who form crews another venue to show off and alienate others.
"People that join crews usually end up in the same place for similar reasons - it's not for love of the art but for love of the applause."
"Being in a crew isn't worth anything. Too many instigators think that topping one another would be the right thing to do. If someone went in a circle because one of their so called "friends" told them to go in and top another person, that wouldn't be a friend. It's just an instigator that's saying something just to make someone go in and make a fool of themselves.
"The culture has become so corrupt that problems are no longer settled on dance-floors, they're settled in hospitals.
"Take it way back to the year 1997. Then, unlike now, was all about PLUR. It was tight enough that acceptance was easy. Raving was all about how you felt in the moment, not about technique. No one cared how "good" you were, only that you were having a great time and feeling two things: good vibes, and the music. At no time were we (that were) in the "underground" about ruining that. It stayed that way until it hit mainstream around 2000. It became flyer based and the music shops started broadcasting raves in general; before that it was word of mouth. Everyone wanted in, and the hip hop generation laid claim to it. No offense to the hip hoppers here, it's not everyone. But crews were (and still are) a big deal in the hip hop club scene. Once that happened everyone began this competition movement, trying to be better than everyone else, destroying the harmony that started the scene. As accepting as "true" ravers are (or "were" in this case) we let it in and didn't realize our mistake until it was too late."
"People get discouraged and hurt. Tempers flare. Injuries, broken scenes, deaths-- battling (and crews) have directly or indirectly caused all of these."
"Glowsticking.com as a community has worked hard to protect, develop and promote the art of glowsticking. Please respect our contributions and efforts by not battling and competing. It's about sharing the knowledge, sharing the love...Not about who's the best."
"To put it bluntly, crews do not belong in rave and glowsticking culture, they belong in hip hop culture-- which was founded on individualism and survival. Crews set people apart from the rest of the rave and glowsticking community, which is not what the rave and glowsticking culture was founded on. Our culture was founded on an open, caring and sharing outlook toward others at the events and in the scene. Crews go directly against this aspect of the culture."
"No one is an island."
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