One million people in the United States use LSD each year. Far fewer live-tweet it.
Upstanding citizen, @Hella_Brad, has today made headlines for live-Tweeting his recent acid trip.
Far be it for me to criticize a gentleman for dabbling with some illicit narcotics, but it strikes me as odd that he was able to get away with this. Attributing blatant public drug usage to himself and broadcasting it to the world doesn't seem the wisest of decisions, but perhaps I'm just getting old.
Moreover, the mere fact that this situation has made it onto the venerable pages of The Atlantic says a great deal about the state of our world. As someone with a perennial interest in the intersection between the tangible and digital worlds, I'm utterly fascinated that @Hella_Brad (of all the Twitter handles) could've stoked such a discussion of psychadelic drugs and social media.
Beyond the obvious finger-wagging-mothering that has emerged in the aftermath, @Hella_Brad has certainly created a novel demonstration of the perceived rift between social media and the real world. Whether his decision was derived from a desire for ten minutes of fame or for genuine pseudo-scientific experimentation, the fact that Mr. Hella has 1,600 followers and climbing, his story covering many reputable outlets, and few actually questioning the sheer gravity of the situation, prompts a great many questions about the nature of the Internet in our lives.
Oh, and it's quite funny to read, too.