Tag: edm

Why abstinence-only drug education doesn’t work—in fact, it backfires spectacularly.

Hilary Agro , March 21st, 2016


I talked to a lot of middle-class recreational drug users for my research. None of them had any idea when they were younger that they’d end up dropping…


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The intangible narcotic: What does ‘vibe’ mean, really?

Hilary Agro , March 9th, 2016


There’s a term that comes up pretty frequently when talking about electronic music events. A search within my interviews (excepts from which are quoted here) and field notes…


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Yin and yang at Harvest Festival: Part 1

Hilary Agro , September 28th, 2015


NOTE: I will not be discussing my regular research topic (drug use) in this post, out of respect to the organizers of Harvest. All names have been changed….


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“Drugs are bad,” he said, sipping his beer: Legality vs. social acceptability

Hilary Agro , August 12th, 2015


I’ve found it highly interesting to hear drug users trash talk other drugs, even while they’re high on their own preferred substance. Gina* thinks that alcohol is the…


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A state of trance: Inner peace rising from chaos

Hilary Agro , July 14th, 2015


The experience of getting inside Sound Academy for Armin van Buuren was the low point of the night. After an evening of rain and dancing at the electronic…


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A happy ending for 30,000 mollyed-out kids running around Toronto.

Hilary Agro , July 9th, 2015


My heart dropped into my stomach when I first saw the announcement. Fireworks and junk during Zedd’s finale. “You’re welcome for this 3-second photo op,” thought the cleanup…


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Psytrance, a world unto itself

Hilary Agro , July 1st, 2015


Most of what I knew about psytrance (psychedelic trance) raves before I actually went to one came from this article in Vice: Psytrance really is a counter-culture in…


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Field Notes: This data collection is interfering with my dancing.

Hilary Agro , June 18th, 2015


The following is a selection of some of the more entertaining notes from my first official field research night. (The last post was a preliminary getting-a-feel-for-things outing.) I…


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Eat, sleep, anth, repeat: It begins

Hilary Agro , June 15th, 2015


Sunglasses in the darkness. White shorts, no shirt. Perspiration shining on his skin in the wild, flashing lights. A familiar-looking backpack on his shoulders, strapped over his muscular…


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