Sasha Frost is the Content Manager for the Beckley Foundation, where he explores effective ways to tell stories about psychedelic science and drug policy reform. He earned his B.A. in English and Hispanic Literature from King’s College London, where he developed an interest in consciousness research and the work of Spanish neuroscientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal. This led to an M.S.c. in Psychology and to the press office of the Seville Science Museum. He is keen to make use of emerging forms of communication to inform the dialogue around drug prohibition and the place of psychedelics in modern society. Most recently Sasha has been producing videos and animations to promote psychedelic research and the work of the Beckley Foundation.
“Refocusing the Lens: Psychedelics On-Screen and in the Media”
How are psychedelics currently portrayed on-screen, and what challenges and opportunities does this offer for broadening the conversation around psychedelics beyond their usual audience? If the perception of psychedelics is changing among the general public, what role are images and film playing? I will look at where and how psychedelics are cropping up on-screen and across digital media, and how opposing narratives tend to draw from different pools of stock imagery to further their message. I will outline where the Beckley Foundation tries to place itself on this continuum, and why the most captivating images sometimes make the work of science communication more challenging.