i-DosingPosted: September 27, 2011
I had never heard of i-Dosing until it was mentioned in class last week, so I was interested to check it out. I watched a video on YouTube called “i-Dosing, Beatkitchen, ‘Snooze’, relax music,” which was comprised of many photographs following a techno-type drum track. It started off just showing the photos along with the music with a warning that i-Dose started at a certain time mark. At that point I didn’t know what to expect. Once the i-Dosing started, the images started to quickly alternative and flash, simulating a “high” to the music and images. While the way the video’s creator interchanged photographs was kind of interesting, after a few minutes the whole thing honestly gave me a headache more than anything else.
I find it silly that people truly thought these videos would stimulate children’s brains in ways that get them high. I don’t think that these videos are worthy of moral panic. They’re simply trippy images and music that act as a placebo to make children believe they’re getting “high” without drugs. I think it is definitely just another technology method that became sensationalized and blown out of proportion. Of course, since these videos promote brain stimulation resulting in a high, people are going to react out of worry and fear for their children and the social order that it’s apparently disrupting. I think the moral panic just developed since the videos were related to getting high, but that moral panic would better suited for the actual behavior of children partaking in drugs, rather than merely watching videos.