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Comics as edumucational aid

Posted June 11, 2013 into Comics by John Birmingham

I've become interested recently in the rise of web comics as agit-prop tools. That videolink someone sent me explaining how people rationalise IP theft was all sorts of awesome, and Stuart McMillen's Rat Park web comic about rethinking drug addiction is up there with it. I've given over the entry below to let Stuart explain the project himself. As Mr Spock would say, "Fascinating".

Who'd have thought rats would turn to drugs to soften the harsh edges of their shitty little lives.

Stuart's Canberra based now, having foolishly moved down there recently. Winter will sort him out, don't you worry.

His website, www.stuartmcmillen.com has loads of free comicky goodness and acts as a billboard for his commission work. If you're in need of some cartoon art you know where to find him now. Or you could just go check out the comix.

They're cool.

1 Responses to ‘Comics as edumucational aid’

S.M. Stirling ducks in to say...

Posted June 14, 2013

I'm all for decriminalizing drugs.

Note that the genetic predisposition to alcoholism in various populations is directly proportional to the time they've been exposed to easily accessible fermented beverages.

Heroin was invented by researchers looking for a non-addictive substitute for morphine. They were concientious men: they tested the drug on themselves. And it worked! They weren't addicted!

Which proved rather less than they thought; it proved that German chemists usually don't have addictive personalities.

Some people, on the other hand, do have addictive personalities, especially when under stress. And some of those are too dumb or too bad at impulse control to recognize their weakness and avoid the relevant substance.

Drug addiction is, in the long-term, a self-correcting problem. Restricting access to drugs just prolongs the process.

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