By Stephen Siff
Now synonymous with Sixties counterculture, LSD truly entered the yankee cognizance through the mainstream. Time and Life, messengers of lumpen-American respectability, trumpeted its grand arrival in a postwar panorama scoured of fascinating descriptions of drug use whereas retailers around the media panorama piggybacked on their assurance with tales by way of turns sensationalized and glowing.
Acid Hype bargains the untold story of LSD's wild trip from Brylcreem and Ivory cleaning soap to incense and peppermints. As Stephen Siff exhibits, the early realization lavished at the drug via the scoop media glorified its use in remedies for psychological ailment but in addition its prestige as a mystical--yet legitimate--gateway to exploring the subconscious brain. Siff's heritage takes readers to the heart of the way well known media hyped psychedelic medicines in a continuously moving criminal and social atmosphere, generating an complicated courting among medications and media adventure that got here to outline modern popular culture. It additionally strains how the breathless assurance of LSD gave solution to a textbook ethical panic, reworking yesterday's sophisticated seeker of truths into an acid casualty splayed out past the perimeter of well mannered society.
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Extra resources for Acid Hype: American News Media and the Psychedelic Experience
If push came to shove and he couldn’t effectively suppress it in its early stages, he would try to suppress the man, the preparer of the report, as some weirdo. ”54 A frequent foe of the bureau was the Indiana University sociologist Alfred Lindesmith. ”55 Years later, Lindesmith recounted being visited by a bureau agent who threatened to have him fired. 56 Before a 1944 report by New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and the New York Academy of Medicine concluding that marijuana is only a mild intoxicant was even released, Anslinger coordinated a rebuttal in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
In an article on the front page of the San Francisco Examiner, Laurie asked: “Is there a dope problem in the United States of America? ” The answer, she concluded, was clearly yes. “The narcotic traffic has almost trebled in volume in America in the past two years,” Laurie reported. 30 Even more dramatic was the promotion, published in newspapers from coast to coast, for a related article in the February 1923 edition of Hearst’s International Magazine (1923 circulation 443,000) that showed dope as a monstrous hyena, with the body of a woman in its jaws (figure 1).
Yeats, and wrote about his experiences with the drug in the British periodical Contemporary Review in 1898 and Popular Science Monthly (1901 circulation 10,000) in 1902. Ellis described how a potion derived from three cactus buttons produced brilliant, kaleidoscopic visions and a fresh appreciation for the beauty of simple objects. He added that an acquaintance reported obtaining “objective knowledge” of his own personality by way of mescaline use. “Mescal intoxication may be described as chiefly a saturnalia of the specific senses, and, above all, an orgy of vision.