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Acid Hype: American News Media and the Psychedelic by Stephen Siff

By Stephen Siff

Now synonymous with Sixties counterculture, LSD truly entered the yank cognizance through the mainstream. Time and Life, messengers of lumpen-American respectability, trumpeted its grand arrival in a postwar panorama scoured of beautiful descriptions of drug use whereas shops around the media panorama piggybacked on their assurance with tales through turns sensationalized and glowing.
Acid Hype deals the untold story of LSD's wild trip from Brylcreem and Ivory cleaning soap to incense and peppermints. As Stephen Siff indicates, the early consciousness lavished at the drug via the inside track media glorified its use in remedies for psychological ailment but additionally its prestige as a mystical--yet legitimate--gateway to exploring the subconscious brain. Siff's heritage takes readers to the heart of ways well known media hyped psychedelic medicinal drugs in a consistently transferring felony and social setting, generating an elaborate dating among medications and media event that got here to outline modern popular culture. It additionally lines how the breathless insurance of LSD gave solution to a textbook ethical panic, remodeling yesterday's subtle seeker of truths into an acid casualty splayed out past the perimeter of well mannered society.

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Of particular interest was the “discovery” of hallucinogenic mushrooms by an amateur scientist writing for Life magazine in 1957 and the frenzy that discovery sparked in the media, in part due to the author’s coordinated publicity campaign. As well as creating a market for magic mushrooms, the coverage disseminated a seemingly authentic backstory for contemporary psychedelic drug use. Chapter 4 examines cross-fertilization between researchers and media figures in the late 1950s, as LSD spread from controlled trials to the black market.

The marijuana addicts he described were so violently and criminally deranged that they deserved only punishment and jail. In interviews and articles for the popular press, Anslinger offered a litany of drug-induced horrors, from racial mixing to rape and murder. 1 million) credited to the commissioner, opened with a Chicago girl’s suicidal plunge from a building and mentioned an unnamed addict who was hanged for assaulting a ten-year-old girl; another sexual assault on a child; three different cop killers; burglars and thieves; and a dazed marijuana addict who murdered his entire family with an ax.

Adjusted itself to Kefauver’s schedule. 86 Some movie theaters showed the hearings. S. Senate historian, the televised hearings were the most-viewed congressional investigation to date. “I do not think any of you can possibly realize how much good it has done to have these hearings televised,” one viewer wrote the committee. ”87 In New York, believed to have the greatest narcotics problem in the country, state and local officials also pushed the narcotics problem onto the news agenda. The Kefauver Committee hearings were succeeded by an investigation and hearings by State Attorney General Nathaniel Goldstein intended to “arouse an apathetic public” with the “shocking details” of juvenile narcotics use in the city, according to his spokesman.

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