Curious Trends - Social

08/01/2011

Teenage diary readings


The curious trend whereby people read old diaries from their adolescence whilst standing on a stage in front of an audience started in the United States in 2005. In the past few years similar events have been hosted in London. The trend has sparked growing interest, inspiring dedicated books, websites, video channels and even a BBC Radio 4 programme called My Teenage Diary.

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11/11/2010

Still curious about drugs?


The Wellcome Collection’s new exhibition, High Society, charts the history of the drug industry from an 11th century manuscript of poppy remedies written by monks, via the opium trade and wars of the 19th century and the 1930s Prohibition, to modern day usage. One of the most curious trends has been the massive growth of ‘recreational’ experimentation with drugs, to the point that drugs are now considered to be mainstream. The illicit drug trade is estimated by the UN at $320 billion a year and illegal drug use is reported to be rising both in the West and across the developing world.

Mike Jay, co-curator of High Society says, “The drug experience has been as widely documented by artists and writers as by scientists and medics, often inspired by their personal subjective experiences. We’ve been able to draw on a wide range of material from across disciplines, creating an exhibition that invites the visitor to question our modern attitudes in the light of other times and cultures.”

As far as I can see, the main problem with drugs is that you don't have to be stupid to use them, just curious. But would you allow your curiosity to literally kill you?

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