Drugs & Media

Drugs & Media

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We have developed into a culture that is over-reliant upon pharmaceutical and recreational drugs; where drugs are incessantly advertised and promoted to us via our mass media. Like drugs, communication media alter the way we interact with the world; they direct our attention in various ways, sometimes enabling certain behaviors and experiences, and prohibiting others. The contributors to this cutting-edge collection apply media ecological concepts to consider how drugs function as communication technologies; literally media in and for the human sensorium. In these essays, drugs are considered as communication media in a practical sense, not merely in the metaphorical way they tend to be discussed in the popular press. Media and drugs are thus conceived as communicative tools that enhance and/or inhibit physical, social and symbolic experience - our ways of seeing and being in the world. Drugs a Media: New Perspectives on Communication, Consumption and Consciousness is the first book to examine this parallel, promoting a critical awareness of the significant impact of drugs and media on individuals, society and our wider human culture.Early on it was a first-generation Sony Walkman. These days ita#39;s a small MP3 player or mobile phone that carries my music. ... I know, I get pretty distracted and fidgety at times, and happen to satisfy most of the criteria for ADHD listed in the latest edition of the American Psychiatric Associationa#39;s Diagnostic Statistical Manual.

Title:Drugs & Media
Author: Robert C. MacDougall
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing USA - 2011-11-24

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