What Else Stinks: Rave News’ Reporting

Rave News is self-described as have been “started as a fun project to share some current and past rave stories with people.”  I don’t have a problem with blogs reporting news, but I do have a problem with fraudulent reporting.  Below is an article posted in March that has been recently brought to my attention via my Facebook Newsfeed.


The problem with this article is not the “blaming of the parents.”  It’s not that the author throws the “ingredients” of the drug out in the open.  It’s the unattributed source of the photo.

Pointed out by a comment on the article:


The photo selected by the author of the article is of a patient with Stevens-Johnson syndrome.  This is a disease, according to MayoClinic.com,  “…is a rare, serious disorder in which your skin and mucous membranes react severely to a medication or infection. Often, Stevens-Johnson syndrome begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by a painful red or purplish rash that spreads and blisters, eventually causing the top layer of your skin to die and shed.”

A simple Google Search can bring you this photo:


The author of this article is trying to create a public panic about the drug/party scene.  From backlash of songs about molly (MDMA) to the death toll at Electric Zoo, the drug-infused party scene is chalk-full of cautionary tales.

The public does not need scare-tactics from a blog to know that the home-made morphine, Krokodil, is a dangerous concoction.  By posing as a legitimate source of news warning of the dangers of this drug,  Rave News poses a legitimate threat to their readers.

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