Worst. Trend Piece. Ever. - The Intrepid

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Worst. Trend Piece. Ever.

No, sadly, this is not an Onion parody piece. Over the last week, news organizations around the interwebs have been reporting on the dangers of i-dosing, the new and terrifying way kids are using MP3s to get high.

The video above comes from Oklahoma News 9, the brilliant on-the-ground news organization that broke the story. What's absolutely amazing is that News 9 is able to conclude that digital drugs are widespread, a threat, and possibly a gateway to nastier stuff, and all by just talking to a few random students and educators at one school, and by searching YouTube.

Seriously, wow. That's some pretty impressive journalism. Most organizations would have look at reports or do some kind research before making claims like this. Not Oklahoma News 9 though, they're that good.

The news sites that were hoping to spin a few more scare pieces out of this "trend" are no doubt disappointed by NPR's new interview with Helane Wahbeh, an assistant professor at Oregon Health and Science University who's done studies on so-called digital drugs. According to Wahbeh, there's not enough evidence to show that sound can alter states the way chemical drugs do.

Via Wired and Time Magazine.