"Part of the experience of contextualizing or processing what had happened at that party was sitting down on Monday and typing out my review," says Stallings. "It was sort of the digital water cooler for the ravers. I stalked people in classes whose name I'd seen on Hyperreal because I knew they were involved in the rave scene. There was definitely a lot of back and forth between the virtual world and the reality of rave."
A very interesting read documenting the spread of rave culture coinciding with the growth of the internet. The early internet provided the means to solving a number of difficult issues that facilitated the growth of these events, particularly organization of transportation and providing reference for drug quality(?).