Undercover cop poses as Boston Frankenpunk

(L)oud rock shows can, in fact, be a nuisance to neighbors, as many of the people who put the shows on will admit. But are they worth the man-hours the Boston Police have put into them? And are they worth the distrust such tactics create within a community that, loud music aside, are certainly no worse, and in many cases a lot more respectful, than typical twentysomethings partying in any city?

I can answer that one for ya. Nope. No they’re not. A bunch of noisy punks at a basement show are not worth the effort, time, and civilian money. It’s not worth the work that it takes to create all the fake Facebook profiles and email accounts that rat themselves out immediately with phrases like “DIY concerts.”

That does raise a good point about elitism, though. One wrong word can out someone as not being part of the scene. It happens in a lot of groups, scenes and movements, whether unintentional or not. The hierarchy of who has the most street cred causes friction, fallout and distrust. It potentially alienates an actual person who is new to the area, or just new to a kind of music or idea. Pitting undercovers against a bunch of punks that probably aren’t plotting much more than where to sew the next patch onto their jean jackets creates unfair skepticism against people who have a legitimate interest in the group.

via Boston Punk Zombies Are Watching You!
The Boston police go undercover on the Internet to stop the city’s most dreaded scourge: DIY indie-rock shows.

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