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Author Siff, Stephen, 1972- author.

Title Acid hype : American news media and the psychedelic experience / Stephen Siff.

Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  302.23 SIFF    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 246 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series History of communication.
History of communication.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1 Early Restrictions on Drug Speech, 1900-1936 17 -- 2 Introducing LSD, 1953-1956 42 -- 3 Creating a Psychedelic Past, 1954-1960 68 -- 4 Research at the Intersection of Media and Medicine, 1957-1962 89 -- 5 Luce, Leary, and LSD, 1963-1965 115 -- 6 Moral Panic and Media Hype, 1966-1968 145.
Summary "Now synonymous with Sixties counterculture, LSD actually entered the American consciousness via the mainstream. Time and Life, messengers of lumpen-American respectability, trumpeted its grand arrival in a postwar landscape scoured of alluring descriptions of drug use while outlets across the media landscape piggybacked on their coverage with stories by turns sensationalized and glowing. Acid Hype offers the untold tale of LSD's wild journey from Brylcreem and Ivory soap to incense and peppermints. As Stephen Siff shows, the early attention lavished on the drug by the news media glorified its use in treatments for mental illness but also its status as a mystical--yet legitimate--gateway to exploring the unconscious mind. Siff's history takes readers to the center of how popular media hyped psychedelic drugs in a constantly shifting legal and social environment, producing an intricate relationship between drugs and media experience that came to define contemporary pop culture. It also traces how the breathless coverage of LSD gave way to a textbook moral panic, transforming yesterday's refined seeker of truths into an acid casualty splayed out beyond the fringe of polite society. "-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Drugs and mass media.
Hallucinogenic drugs -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Hallucinogenic drugs -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
LSD (Drug) -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
LSD (Drug) -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780252039195 (hardback)
025203919X (hardback)
9780252080760 (paper)
0252080769 (paper)
9780252097232 (e-book)