|Seth "Soul Man" Ferranti|
By Scott Tre
I was once told that you can't learn about "the hood" by association, you have to have lived it. The same can be said for just about any harsh or extreme experience there is to be had in this world. Voyeurs hope to gain overstanding by consuming reference materials and anecdotal advice from those in the know. While such knowledge is valuable, a true ground zero perspective trumps all of that. Being able to intellectualize and categorize the experience of others is no substitute for first hand knowledge. For a very long time, even a voyeur's view of organized crime was an unobtainable vantage point. Now, information on ethnic mafias past and present increases exponentially in the blink of an eye. The internet has allowed for information not only to be provided but verified at the speed of light.