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from the another-fine-mesmer dept.
In his book, Trance: From Magic to Technology, Dennis Wier writes:
Every new technology carries with it additional responsibility. This is also true of trance technology. Any technology can be quite dangerous for the immature. Trances are dangerous enough for people who get caught in a trance without knowing what is happening to them. Those who consciously manipulate people into trances for which there may be no escape or which have secondary effects have committed a serious injury and should be held culpable at law. What comes to mind in this regard is the television trances which feed the hypnotized subjects endless images of violence. Such hypnotized subjects are without doubt potentiated to commit future violence and the producers of such images should be held culpable for any such violent acts as though they had committed it themselves.
Trance induction is, of course, a favorite activity of magicians. Do have an ethical obligation to disclose the content of messages implanted in the trance-generating materials we distribute? Should this responsibility be encoded in law, as Wier suggests?
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