I was introduced to that scene in '74 and I would agree that as time went on things became more corrupt and chaotic. I actually took a hiatus from '79 to '85 because of what I was seeing. That's a move that might well have saved my own life. The point is, there's always been a "bad drug" component to the scene and imo it was actually worse in the 70s. When I came back I was far more interested in the music in and of itself than the surrounding circus, though I admired the power of that music to keep some semblance of the hippie dream alive through the cold and corporate 80s and 90s.
I still love that music, which is why I've avidly followed all the spin-offs since Jerry's passing. In Furthur, in particular, I find a good-sized chunk of the Dead's sense of adventure and emotional depth which is why I've come to love them. As for the scene, I don't think it could possibly be a continuation of what surrounded the GD. Time has passed. Too many crucial pieces -- people, traditions, attitudes -- have either scattered or died since 1995. There's a taste, though. And there's always a possibility that some kid who comes to a Furthur show to relive the 60s or just party might actually have his mind opened by some sparkling jam. And IMO anything that inspires people to think on their own is a good thing. Particularly in these times.
As for this site, to me it seems like a place where people mostly do think on their own. Yeah, there's some celebration of drugs but compared to the destruction I've seen in my hometown of Philadelphia, it seems pretty mild. I think the folks who do most of the posting here are like me -- they just want a space where they can be themselves and be appreciated for it.
I hope you'll stick around and get to know some of us.
"Got any flies?"