This nOde last updated November 18th, 2001 and is permanently morphing...
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Plant's answer was that Ecstasy
was "waiting" for the right technology to arrive and "potentiate" it, to
use the pharmacological term for the synergistic interaction of two
drugs. "There's something about the clean precision of the MDMA experience
that seems to fit digital
technology, the same technology that enabled the creation of that
very precise rhythmic dance
music." Beyond this, she sees Ecstasy and rave music as training
the nervous system and human sensorium in preparation for the Internet
reality. In _Writing On Drugs_, she describes how ravers in the raptures
of Ecstasy feel "overwhelmed by their own connectivity," merging not just
with music and with the crowd but with machines too: the sound-system,
the dazzling lighting effects and lasers, and all the other high-tech
elements used to "engineer atmospheres." Melting what Reich
called character armor, Ecstasy creates a kind of porous, permeable ego
that's supple and open to connection and contact.
It's a process
that Plant describes as "positive self-destruction, a self-destruction
Plant sees drugs as cyborgizing -- inorganic elements "inserted" into the body and interfacing with the nervous system to enable perceptions and sensations inaccessible to the undrugged organism.
"Drugs are the perfect example of a subtle prosthesis, working on the internal wiring of the body in a way that makes the traditional notion of becoming a cyborg through adding robotic attachments seem really quaint and archaic. And I'm sure there'll come a point where drugs themselves will seem very clumsy and dirty -- in that sense of being imprecise -- compared with future forms of enhancement."
"The Coca Cola company was the first big company to invest in mass advertising, and they did that in an attempt to keep the market they'd first acquired when they still had a substantial amount of cocaine in the drink. If you can't hook consumers one way, you have to find another. Every commodity today tries to be as close to a drug as it can possibly be without actually being a drug."
"Not only do the patterns of Turkish and Persian
carpets have a striking resonance
with those perceptible on yage and its relatives, but even the characteristic
red dye used in these designs is extracted from harmel".