As usual, Dark has written an interesting and insightful piece, but has tried to encompass the whole world at once. I'm a bit confused at the overall direction of his thoughts.
Here's my thought on masks:
Masks are potentially very dangerous things. A mishap with a rubber mask could end in death, even when it reasonably shouldn't be able to. Playing with masks alone is risky indeed. What is more, some masks can feel dangerous (even if they aren't really that risky). In the semi-safe, regulated, censored world that governments have made for us, people go looking for danger. They find it in many places, but some find it in rubber masks: in the moment of panic when you realise you can't breathe.
Yes, masks can feel very intense without having to inhibit breathing or imposing the risk of it, obviously so - why else would people love inflatables hoods so much? It's so obvious it's a given.
What other aspects make mask wearing great? Dark talks about identity. This is an interesting area. Does anyone have experiences or thoughts on this aspect?