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Please Let Us Rave!

            Put yourself in the shoes of an eighteen year old girl. You're telling your parents you are going to the largest rave in the nation with over 350,000 people in Las Vegas, Nevada. Your parents are completely against the idea because they are afraid you are going to be doing drugs and then you come to a sad realization. People have come to the conclusion that rave culture is immoral and wrong due to the prominent misconception that every person who attends and enjoys raves also dabbles in a world of drugs when in reality the overall mentality among ravers is peace, love, unity and respect.
             When it comes to the topic of Rave culture, most of us will readily agree that majority of people who attend these events are on drugs. Where this argument usually ends, however, is on the question of those who do not partake in drugs at these events. Whereas some are convinced that it is not possible to attend raves without being on drugs, others maintain that sobriety at these events make it a better experience With the aging of society, media has played an active role in our perception of cultural events. .
             Rave culture has been negatively portrayed within the media because the rave scene has the reputation of being a drug scene. As a raver, I cannot deny that there is drug use at shows, but raves do not actually promote drug use. Adichie states in her TED talk that her "roommate had a single story of Africa: a single story of catastrophe." Sadly, like Adichie's roommate, those who have not been properly educated on rave culture view raves with a closed mind, and they only see what has been shown through the media. Later in her TED talk Adichie mentions that she "recently spoke at a university where a student told [her] that it was such a shame that Nigerian men were physical abusers like the father character in [her] novel. [She] told him that [she] had just read a novel called American Psycho and that it was such a shame that young Americans were serial murderers.

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