Date

6-2014

Degree Name

BA in Communication Studies

Department

Communication Studies Department

Advisor(s)

Dr. Jnan A. Blau

Abstract

With such a broad amount of musical expression and cultural appeal, EDM has quickly become a captivating phenomenon in the United States in recent years. There is a significant trend going on with EDM culture and what it represents for youth today. For this reason, I want to dig further into the growing phenomenon of EDMC (Electronic Dance Music Culture) in the United States. I want to better understand what is going on beneath the surface façade of costumes and drug use. Why does this culture appeal to so many young people? In addition, I seek to find out whether or not the values embedded within EDMC reflect those of my generation. Raves are powerful focal points of culture and communication, and thus deserving of our attention in this discipline.

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