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From the War on Drugs to a War on Subculture: Media, Law & the Future of Rave

From the War on Drugs to a War on Subculture: Media, Law & the Future of Rave

  1. ~lostgurl~
    This thesis seeks to explore the subculture known as rave, the various news media texts which are concerned with rave culture, and the consequences of these texts on both public opinion and government legislation regarding rave.
    Chapter 1 discusses youth culture studies in general and defines rave as a subculture dependent on various characteristics unique to the Internet Generation.
    Chapter 2 discusses the role of news media in constructing public opinion and suggests a possible deliberate alignment of news media and government interests.
    Chapter 3 contains an analytical discussion of four specific news media texts that each represents different myths about rave culture and the larger War on Drugs.
    Chapter 4 presents the State Palace Theater case study and positions the case as a concrete example of how sensationalistic news media is involved in the erosion of specific civil liberties for rave culture participants.
    Chapter 5 concludes the thesis with examples of pending legislation that would further limit the rights of rave culture participants and with an explanation of the crucial role of the news media regarding the future of rave.