The Rise of Internet Porn
One of the chief drivers of change in the technological arms race of the internet has been the porn industry. Most of the ‘benefits’ that users and owners now expect e.g. interaction, user activity sensing, easy and secure anonymous on-line payments, on-line adverts and click-through promotions, on-line community spaces, forums, streamed video, etc – nearly all have been driven by the desire of the porn industry to make money.
Another benefit has been the push for the faster pipe speeds to deliver all this extra content. Your average punter has benefited from all of this, not necessarily being a consumer of all but benefiting nevertheless.
Before all this, there was always porn and a satisfied demand for uncluttered sex, usually called prostitution.
In this cute article from the BBC, Indian sex workers learn karate, (for in this brave new sanitised world they are not called prostitutes any more), to protect themselves from ‘abuse’ they’re all learning karate chops and stuff.
I’m getting a bit confused here – where does the abuse begin and end? And who abuses who?
Anyway, I digress. There’s always been contractual sex, put it that way. Art and sculpture can be construed in many ways. Earth goddess – porn model? The morals are within the hypocrisy of the particular society doing it.
Internet Porn Benefit
Apart from the technological benefits I mentioned above, I became aware of another one today while out walking the dog…
A quick perusal of this website means you’ll be aware that I’m in the UK. 20 and more years ago, men like David Sullivan and the family behind Goldstar Publications, amongst others, started publishing shelfloads of explicit porn mags, 99% of which was for men.
Invariably, these mags, once their purchased purpose was complete, would be chucked out of lorry windows, chucked into hedges, chucked in the road and on every footpath across the land. You’d see them everywhere, usually at an embarrassing moment. Seeing a wide-open beaver while out shopping with granny or dropping the kids off at school could be such a moment.
Anyway, I’ve just become aware that I haven’t seen such a thing for about five years now. This is despite the newsagent’s shelves being packed with the stuff, more like liberal French and Dutch cafes and tobacconists.
So that’s the benefit – No porn on the street. Literally.
Of course, the streets are packed with the jetsam of society in other ways – tins of Red Bull, Macdonalds-KFC-Subway-kebab shop wrappings, 3L coke and WKD bottles, supermarket bags and crisp packets. Most is much less bio-degradable than porn mags and thus floats in the canal for years…
But it’s not so embarrassing when out with the children.