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Introduction: Midcentury Media’s Trip With LSD

Stephen Siff

in Acid Hype: American News Media and the Psychedelic Experience

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039195
eISBN:
9780252097232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039195.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This introductory chapter describes the media hype over LSD and related psychedelic drugs: a grand arrival to a 1950s cultural landscape that had been deliberately scrubbed of alluring descriptions ... More


The Drug War: From Vision to Vice

Ellen Willis

in No More Nice Girls: Countercultural Essays

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680795
eISBN:
9781452949000
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680795.003.0024
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines the ideological assault on psychedelic drugs. These days drugs are a metaphor not for freedom or ecstasy but for slavery and horror. It’s the “hard” drugs—especially heroin and ... More


Acid Hype: American News Media and the Psychedelic Experience

Stephen Siff

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039195
eISBN:
9780252097232
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039195.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Now synonymous with Sixties counterculture, LSD actually entered the American consciousness via the mainstream. Time and Life, messengers of American respectability, trumpeted its grand arrival in a ... More


Creating a Psychedelic Past, 1954–1960

Stephen Siff

in Acid Hype: American News Media and the Psychedelic Experience

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039195
eISBN:
9780252097232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039195.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter analyzes how the new salience of hallucinogenic drugs inspired a media interest in Indian drug rituals. Indian practices that were previously described as backward and superstitious were ... More


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