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Los Angeles Times: Stop the War on Raves

Electronic dance music scene has been growing and evolving for over 20 years, both locally and worldwide, into a vibrant culture. Our culture has always fostered unity and collaboration and advocated for peace, respect, and compassion amongst not just our members but in the larger society. It is unfortunate that the Los Angeles Times made the decision to focus on the few negative incidents which unfortunately happen in almost any large concert, festival, or sporting event setting.  The incidents cited were not put into context with any other large event or musical genre. 

Coverage that fails to make accurate and fair comparisons incites fear and perpetuates intolerance.  It also ignores our culture's contributions of art, charity, joy, and kindness.  We are asking the Los Angeles Times, after their most recent articles, to do a fair report and investigate the many societal (and not just economic) benefits electronic dance music culture provides.

 

Here are some of the articles:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-coliseum-rave-deaths-20130203,0,5564847.story

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/02/raves-records-show-deadly-toll-of-drugs-among-concert-goers.html

 

About Electronic Music Alliance:: www.ema-global.org


Letter to
Los Angeles Times
Please report fairly about "raves".

Electronic dance music scene has been growing and evolving for over 20 years, both locally and worldwide, into a vibrant culture. Yet your most recent articles perpetuates a false representation about our music and festival culture. The focus of the coverage was only on the few negative incidents. Similar incidents unfortunately occur in any large sporting event, concert or festival setting.

Writing about these negative incidents without putting them in context of similar problems in other genres creates misconceptions, incites fear and intolerance. These articles also ignore the contributions of art, charity, joy, and kindness by the electronic dance music culture.

Electronic dance music culture fosters unity and collaboration and advocates for peace, respect, and compassion amongst not just our members but in the larger society. We are asking that you do a fair report and investigate the many societal and economic benefits electronic dance music culture provides.