News in this year’s Global Drugs Survey that internet drug dealing was on the rise will have alarmed, surprised or intrigued many people. But the very first thing bought and sold on the net was a bag of marijuana – over 40 years ago.
In 1971 or 1972, Stanford students using Arpanet accounts at Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory engaged in a commercial transaction with their counterparts at Massachussetts Institute of Technology. Before Amazon, before eBay, the seminal act of e-commerce was a drug deal. The students used the network to quietly arrange the sale of an undetermined amount of marijuana.
Miley Cyrus referring to being at a party where these drugs are in use is much like seeing a kid you used to babysit chugging a 40 at a high school party as you scroll through your Facebook feed. You knew it was going to happen one day, but you’d rather not hear about it or see evidence of it. Naturally, her inferences to the drugs feels a little awkward, as she still struggles to fully gain the type of rebellious and mature pop star status she’s been trying to achieve since she became legal. Now she hangs with rappers! She chopped off her hair! She takes half-naked pictures without her father’s presence! She also no longer sends those pictures to Nick Jonas! Cyrus has been less blatantly self-destructive than Justin Bieber as he tries to catapult his way into “manhood,” but that doesn’t mean it feels any less forced.
If I ever have a kid with any real amount of raw acting or musical talent, they’re going to have to wait until they’re an adult before they start down that career path. Starting as a child doesn’t let you properly figure out what the world is like and what you want your places in it to be.