In what has got to be one of the wackiest technology related stories I have read in quite some time, Wired’s Threat Level is reporting that kids across the United States are getting high on the internet thanks to so-called ecstasy-inducing MP3 files:
Kids around the country are getting high on the internet, thanks to MP3s that induce a state of ecstasy. And it could be a gateway drug leading teens to real-world narcotics.
At least, that’s what Oklahoma News 9 is reporting about a phenomenon called “i-dosing,” which involves finding an online dealer who can hook you up with “digital drugs” that get you high through your headphones.
Oddly enough, an Oklahoma school is taking this whack-ass threat seriously. They ended up sending out letters to parents to warn of this supposed new “drug” making its rounds on the internets. A side effect of this is the school has now banned iPods on school grounds to hopefully prevent students from becoming “cyber-drug” fiends. Seriously.
For the life of me I can not believe this is serious. No matter how much these digital drug dealers try, I can not fathom how this would even work to create some crack-like state of ecstasy. This whole idea is ridiculous.
Now I’ve listened to some MP3 music which made me want throw my laptop out of a fourth story window because the music was absolutely horrifyingly bad. I’ve listened to other highly intense music which made me feel all tingly inside.
But never have I listened to an MP3 which made me high, as if I had just gotten baked off some of the good stuff. Never. Ever.
The article is worth a read, if for no other reason than the amusement factor. Maybe it was meant to be taken in stride, maybe it is completely serious. Whatever the case, it sounds like there are some morons out there “educating” our students about things that do not yet exist.
The lesson in all this: keep your kids away from the Oklahoma Mustang Public School district because they will surely not be receiving a quality education from idiotic teachers like those who believe one can get high off an MP3 file.