|Title:||The wonders of the internet|
|Posted On:||2006-07-08 17:21:40|
The internet is a great way to pass a message, and what better way for everyone to say what they have to say than a message board? I'm talking about rave message boards of course. It's fun, it's a good way to know about parties and it's full of drama. It's also a good way to realize that raves aren't necessarily what we believe em to be. After my first rave, I actually thought that everyone was friendly...then I subscribed to message boards. Listening To:
First thing about the internet, is that it's a good way to promote. Now, a good way doesn't mean the best way. Too many promoters are using rave websites as their only promotion tool. The scene certainly won't grow if parties are only annonced on the internet. The only people who'll know about it are the people who go to every party anyway. Most people don't take the time to check every topic on message boards, a lot of ravers don't even subscribe. Internet promotion is fine for loft parties, wich are smaller and don't wanna attract to much attention, but promoting an actual rave can't be done this way.
Message boards aren't a promotional tool, they're a way for ravers to keep in contact with one another. In other words, create cliques. All those cliques have to share the same message boards, this can create clashing, resulting in drama. While it does, in a way, reflect reality, this doesn't necessarily give the scene a good image. A lot of message boards are full of neverending drama threads, people dissing promoters or djs, and other immature behavior. People allow themselves to say anything they want, because they're hiding behind an avatar.
The best thing we can do is just try to act civil. Message boards aren't meant to be a way of life. Please, people, be respectful. Don't diss people, if you have something to say, say it objectively without pointing any fingers. Yes, message boards are a good way to discuss about problems, but there's a way to do this. First, make sure what you want to talk about is of interest to the community as a whole, and not just your group of friends. Also, always stay detached from what you read. Even if you're frustrated with other users, don't say it on the board. When emotions come in, there's bound to be drama. Just talk to your real life friend about it, go take a walk, but don't react on the board, you're just gonna find more frustration. I've NEVER seen anyone change their opinion due to a thread on a message board.
Now, don't get me wrong, message boards aren't a bad thing. If it weren't for ravewave, I wouldn't be writing this blog right now. Just remember that when you post, you're making your opinion public. Please think about making the boards friendly for newbies.
Oh, and one last thing, if you don't rave anymore, but keep posting to stay in touch with your old rave buddies, don't ever, EVER diss new ravers. Okay, you've grown out of the glowsticks, pacifiers and plastic beads. That's not a reason to bitch younger ravers who are just having fun. You can bitch as much as you want when you're at home with your friends, but be respectful when online. If someone is disrespectful to you, ignore them, or just post once to say that you don't care. Afterward, never open the thread again.
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