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We updated this old movie about weed

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"Reefer Madness," a propaganda film about the dangers of marijuana, was first released in 1936 by a church group. It was later edited to be more dramatic and was distributed widely across the United States.

The film follows a group of American teens as their lives are derailed by a gang of marijuana dealers who lead them to moral and physical ruin. The campiness, overacting and inaccurate portrayal of marijuana use have made it a cult hit. But at the time, people really did think it reflected the true "danger" of marijuana use.

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The mass fear about youth culture that motivated "Reefer Madness" reminded us of modern panic about teens on the Internet.

So we updated the classic movie for 2018 with parents’ fears about their teenage children and social media addiction.

Turn on the sound to hear our dubbing.

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It seems that parents are just as concerned today about Internet addiction as they were about marijuana in the 1930s — and when they try to join their kids on social media, it can make matters worse.

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"Reefer Madness" is sometimes referred to as "the worst film ever made."

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It does, however, work pretty well as a dire warning about today’s youths and social media.

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The Internet, you see, isn’t all fun and games. One wrong move, and your life could be over.

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If you’re on social media all day and night, you may wonder if you’ve formed an Internet addiction …

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… but hopefully, that addiction won’t end the way "Reefer Madness" does.

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Stay safe, kids.

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