or, equally plausibly, based on the study reviewed in this CNN article,  the headline could be “psychosis may speed marijuana use- we’re not really sure”.  But where’s the attention grabbing drug scare in that kind of headline?

At an art gallery in New York this weekend they were showing the work of an artist called Peter Piller.  He has combed through archives of photo journalism footage to create collections such as, ‘Police searching’ or ‘People touching cars’ or ‘People looking at holes in the ground’. The aim of his work is to show the patterns and repetitions in how humans view the world, through time and across countries. It seems like you could do the same with drug scare reporting- a collection of science reports  that show how journalists can take an infinite variety of stories and shape them to fit one conclusion, “drugs are scary and will hurt you and your children”.

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