The other day, the first day my new as-many-channels-as-God cable package was installed, I had decided to spend my day entirely planned around the…

The other day, the first day my new as-many-channels-as-God cable package was installed, I had decided to spend my day entirely planned around the idea that I would do nothing but explore the vast spaces of entertainment now available to me. Spaghetti Westerns, French cooking shows, my guilty pleasure of infomercials for the magic bullet…. Never again would I be without any of the things my heart desired. In my media induced coma, I began to notice a theme of every single comedy/drama/procedural that involved a teenager character. The theme, of course, being that this teenager was involved in some sort of “experimentation” phase with drugs, a phase sniffed out by the concerned parents, a sitdown is called, an emotional climax is reached, issue resolved, all in thirty minutes. The thing that struck me most was not that it all happened so quickly, or in such an awkwardly contrived manner, but rather, the ubiquity of the “drug experimentation” phase, which, of course, is a reference to marijuana, almost exclusively. There seems to be some sort of leftover 90’s era PSA Just Say No aura about it, this huge focus on Drugs compelling me to think everyone IS experimenting with drugs, which, in reality, the numbers do not support, especially not at 14, 15. Don’t believe the hype – not everyone is using.
– Chad