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The power of Porn or Wankers have powered online inovation

My biggest fans are, to put it mildly, derisive of  my “defence” of Abby Winters but this is because  they were drawing upon the discovery of a newsletter in my email archive that they had accessed when my email and Blog accounts were hacked.   Simply put I think that grown ups should be able to produce and enjoy anything they please as long as all of the participants in the media are adults who are fully consenting. I have also long believed that rather than being a force for evil “porn” has in fact been a great driver of innovation and invention  and it seems there has been some  more scholarly research that has come to the same conclusion:

 

Patchen Barss.

Barss’s motivation for writing the book was simple. ”I thought [pornography] is this hugely powerful force that has given us all kinds of tools and toys that we use every day and it seems people are either unaware or wilfully ignore the fact of its influence.”

His priority, as such, was to take an array of innovations, from photography to VCR, cable television to video games, and trace their histories. He established a pattern with each.

”I was researching the origins of photography and with the first photographs the exposure times were too long; you couldn’t take photos of people. But from the moment you could, people took sexual, nude pictures. That’s interesting, it’s important, but it’s left out of many histories of photography. That story is replicated over and over with technology.”

To flesh out the bare facts of dates and data, Barss chased up names and clues that emerged from his research. Not the great stars of the porn industry – although he does land an interview with superstar Jenna Jameson – but rather people who work at the coalface of research and development. He attended pornography conventions in Las Vegas, Barcelona and beyond, where chance meetings led to conversations and introductions; if people in mainstream technology circles were keen to play down the role of pornography in their fields, pioneers in the adult industry were, by contrast, happy to sing their own praises.

In the midst of these vignettes, Barss pieced together the obvious and less obvious factors that make pornography and mass communication technologies such happy bedfellows – from pornography’s capacity to generate astounding levels of revenue and therefore fund further research and development, to the windows it provides opportunistic entrepreneurs to try out new ideas: strippers turned webcam millionaires, businessmen who combine existing technologies with new ventures – vending machines that retail USB flash drives containing adult content – and so on.

It has never ceased to amaze and amuse me that so many so called “progressives” are such sanctimonious wankers who rave on about “free speech”, individual autonomy  and personal morality but when it comes to technology  they fail to acknowledge   that it has been the the porn industry that has given them all of the techno toys and online media that they delight in.

Isn’t that just the most delicious irony?

Cheers Comrades

 

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