Acid Hype (Paperback)
American News Media and the Psychedelic Experience (History of Communication)
University of Illinois Press, 9780252080760, 264pp.
Publication Date: May 4, 2015
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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.
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Praise For Acid Hype: American News Media and the Psychedelic Experience (History of Communication)…
"Painstakingly researched, it provides a highly interesting trip through an era where it seemed all Americans were aware of the drug and many were taking it. This study unquestionably will be cited extensively by historians."
--Patrick S. Washburn, Professor Emeritus, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University
--Joseph Bernt, Professor Emeritus of Journalism, Ohio University
"Acid Hype is a conscientiously researched, thoughtfully conceptualized, and clearly written account of the media's significant role in manufacturing the LSD craze in America in the late 1960s."--H-Net Reviews
"A well-researched work of narrative history."--Journal of American History