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Acid HypeAmerican News Media and the Psychedelic Experience$
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Stephen Siff

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039195

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039195.001.0001

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Psychedelic Media

(p.181) Postscript
Acid Hype

Stephen Siff

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter explains the dramatic decline in interest in LSD by the news media after about 1968, when the federal government finally prohibited possession of the drug. In the face of growing government activism against drugs, elaborate reenactments of LSD trips faded from the news agenda. However, the psychedelic world introduced by the news media was increasingly enacted by television and film producers emboldened by the decline of the television and motion-picture production codes. As the 1960s faded into history, entertainment programming frequently offered itself as a substitute for the psychedelic drug experience that journalists had taught Americans to seek. Through intensive hype of LSD and psychedelic phenomena, the news media demonstrated the transporting, mind-expanding power not only of drugs, but also of journalism.

Keywords:   LSD, news media, drug prohibition, government activism, psychedelic media, psychedelic phenomena, journalism

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