Smartphones — that’s another conversation. Privacy and anonymity contributed to being present back then; we danced as if no one was watching, and no one was.
The meditative quality of techno can have profound effects on one’s ability to separate materiality from self. The Bay Area is especially prone to intense focus on production and output as a result of the tech scene. This focus on efficiency can deprive the city of its color and identity without some respite or inward reflection. Techno provides a uniquely introspective community that reinforces one’s sense of self by accepting all peoples and art forms.”
In fact, by 1999, one member of the SF-Raves mailing list would complain, in a post, about the scene being soured by “these huge, very corporate ultra-clubs” opened by “some outside Silicon Valley investor.”