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Media Stereotypes 2 What is culture Websters dictionary defines culture as the act of developing intellectual ability with education a form of civilization particularly the beliefs arts and customs Well then what is popular culture Is raving popular culture According to Theodore Adornos view culture is only genuinely popular when it is produced by those designated in such a term as the people rather than merely consumed by themJarvis 1998 p72 This then means that industry decides what is popular and at this time raving culture is becoming a popular culture This paper will discuss what raves are along with societies views and Adornos theory of popular music I hope to accomplish one important goal in this paper This goal is to crush all media stereotypes about raves and clarify any miscommunication regarding what raves are all about The first things that needs to be addressed in this paper are what a rave really is and the role that it has in our culture A rave by todays standards is a large gathering of kids generally aged 15-24 who are dancing to electronic music until the crack of dawn The actual concept of raves is not new-it is as old as time itself At the base level raves are very comparable to American Indian ceremonieswhere music is the key towards pulling oneself into a unique emotional and psychological state Alt Rave FAQ 1 Rave culture can be traced back to the 60s Be-Ins Love-Ins and Acid Tests There are even similarities to anarchist revolutions in Italy and France Raving in North America began in the early 1990s after surviving in Europe for ten years The rave scene actually began through the punk-rock invasion during the 1980s The first raves in North America were held in San Francisco Not long there after the state of California became Media Stereotypes 3 home to North Americas rave central The rave scene has always existed as
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