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lazyblazers This comment section bums me out.

I was a presenter at the 2019 Phish Studies conference myself and as a white, cisgender jam band fan, I found the presentation made there on this subject to be really eye-opening. This post led me to the full PPJ article, which I found to be really interesting also. I think the work this group is doing is really important, especially in the Phish/jamband space, but unfortunately it's pretty thankless work (as many of the comments here prove). So, I wanted to say "thanks," from at least one fan.

As the post implies, there's a huge difference between being counter-cultural and open-minded. Many Phish fans are proud of being the former, but whenever an issue like this one comes up I realize fewer than I'd like to think are interested in being the latter. Sure, not everyone is going to agree with every claim made in this post, or the original blog post, or the full article, but there's a difference between reading the ideas the group is putting out there, considering them, and disagreeing in a way that adds meaningfully to the conversation versus trotting out the same tired "anti-woke" arguments that already exist everywhere else on the internet (arguments, incidentally, that the post and article largely acknowledge and rebut in convincing ways). is a non-commercial project run by Phish fans and for Phish fans under the auspices of the all-volunteer, non-profit Mockingbird Foundation.

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