Is ecstasy a culture?

So tonight, Channel 4 is going to diffuse a live experiment with people taking MDMA. Professor Nutt is the scientific authority for the programme.

The statement of “Drugs Live: the ecstasy trial” is pretty clear:

Nearly half a million people are believed to take the Class A drug ecstasy every year in Britain and the country was dubbed the ‘drug-taking capital of Europe’ in a recent EU Drugs Agency report.

And it’s true that from a media point of view, you can hardly close your eyes and pretend this habit does not exist.

But I’m wondering.

If you ever took some pills, you can hardly declare that it’s a sustainable way of living. Channel 4 writes that this programme aims “to cut through the emotional debate surrounding the issue and accurately inform the public about the effects and potential risks of MDMA“. A great communicator argument, but come on, you’re on TV, don’t say it’s not going to be emotional while you push everybody to react in Social Media. And you already know that you’re going to get people totally high.

The thing is that most commentators, then real citizens, mention that ecstasy is a culture; that it’s part of a new pop culture, that it’s linked to music, trends, fashion, and even worse: partying.

I don’t want to sound too conservative; but it tells a lot about our society and how lonely we are. Ecstasy makes you trip alone, in your mind, not together. It makes you distort your perception. At the end of the day, everyone does as he can. But I’d love to get more inspiring ways of tripping, from TV and media in general: I’m pretty sure that the dream machine could show us other ways to express ourselves. Creators: we need your organic novocaine.


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