Oh No! Run And Hide! Kids Getting High With MP3s! Moral Panic! Moral Panic!
from the not-this-again dept
Will future presidential candidates defend their i-dosing past by saying, "But I had it on mute"? Are we supposed to declare a war on cyberdrugs or a cyberwar on cyberdrugs? How will police know if a teen is with headphones on is i-dosing or just listening to Justin Bieber? Is the iPod the bong of the future? What would happen if some ne'er-do-well took over the console of the Super Bowl and dosed the entire country? What if kids smoked dried banana peels and listened to these trippy tunes at the same time -- could they OD? What happens if someone sells a tainted MP3?Of course, it appears that the TV news report first came out of a local newspaper report, where it quotes concerned anti-drug folks who say that it's a bad, bad thing even if the bogus "digital drugs" don't work. You see, if they don't work, that only gives more reasons for kids to try real drugs. Or something.
Perhaps most importantly, what will happen if the kids move onto harder stuff like Steve Reich, Philip Glass or even Janet Cardiff's installation, "The Killing Machine"?
Kids disappointed in their digital experience might try huffing paint or another chemical, or smoking marijuana or drinking alcohol, Forrest-Perkins said.But, of course, all it takes is one moral panic to set off other moral panics in other places. A blogger for another newspaper points out that the lack of evidence that binaural beats do anything should make you worried. Seriously.
I'd say what's more worrying is having reporters claim that a lack of evidence on something is reason to fear it.