It used to be taken for granted among employees at TV and radio stations that every so often you'd get calls from schizophrenics complaining about the voices in their head. People with schizophrenia are prone to hallucinations, and in the Western world one of the most common themes in those hallucinations is media-related; people will attribute their delusions to TV, radio, and various forms of advertising. (A friend of mine has a brother with schizophrenia who used to be obsessed with subliminal advertising.) So I guess the new study showing that psychotic delusions increasingly concern the internet shouldn't be a surprise.... especially given I've had my share of internet-related delusions myself!
Posted by carrie on 05/28/2005 | Permalink