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

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 insurance 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 consciousness lavished at the drug through the inside track media glorified its use in remedies for psychological disease but in addition its prestige as a mystical--yet legitimate--gateway to exploring the subconscious brain. Siff's historical past takes readers to the guts of the way well known media hyped psychedelic medications in a regularly transferring criminal and social surroundings, generating an complex dating among medicines and media event that got here to outline modern popular culture. It additionally lines how the breathless assurance of LSD gave approach 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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