In the tech world, porn quietly leads the way
One of the world's biggest porn companies claimed it had created a way to stream its videos onto the device, skipping the Apple store and its restrictions on salacious content.

The announcement illustrates a widely acknowledged but seldom-spoken truth of the technology world: Whenever there's a new content platform, the adult-entertainment industry is one of the first to adopt it -- if they didn't help create it in the first place.


Raise your hand--who didn't know this as an absolute statement of fact? Leaving aside sexism and the questionable culture of some or most porn companies--there's not much that gives me hope for humanity as the fact that if you build it, they will make porn that can run on it. It's an expression of our humanity, like the joy that is seeing people blow up shit and being uncomfortably turned on by linear algebra--wait, maybe that's just me?--porn always finds a way.
In effect, he's saying it's like an iTunes for porn -- an online service that lets users buy and access a personal collection of adult videos via their iPads. Of course, the slate computer's browser can already be used to surf the internet for adult content.


That is a beautiful statement right there.

Weirdly appropriate with a touchscreen, doncha think?

[Yes, I wrote porn last night. *stretches* I feel better. How about you?]
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2010-05-04 03:36 pm (UTC)
this is the perfect opportunity for this icon. *g*
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2010-05-04 04:10 pm (UTC)
thanks for the link!

and yeah, I wrote porn last night too. :)
Totally agreed with your agreement of the second paragraph. ISTR that the adult entertainment industry ended up being one of the major arbiters in the Betamax debacle, and that there was much anticipation that they would do the same in HD-DVD vs. BluRay.
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2010-05-04 05:06 pm (UTC)
*nods*

Sounds like you kept going after I collapsed? YAY.
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2010-05-05 04:34 am (UTC)
The adult entertainment industry is the main, if not the sole, reason we now have cheap high-speed internet so widely available.

2010-05-04 02:52 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to see they interviewed Jonathan Coopersmith. His paper on Pornography, Technology and Progress (http://www.tamu.edu/history/faculty/coopersmith/coopersmith%20personal/ICON.pdf) is a must-read.

2010-05-04 02:56 pm (UTC)
Ach, why thank you! Always glad to expand my knowledge base!

2010-05-04 03:22 pm (UTC)
The thing is that no matter what porn does these days, its doomed. There is so much free porn out there now that it doesn't make sense to buy a device, or download an app or whatever. During all the bail outs Larry Flynt and the guy from the Girls Gone Wild movies were asking for a 5 billion dollar bail out for porn. It wasn't even a joke.

2010-05-04 03:38 pm (UTC)
If you want RedTube, sure, but premium content still makes money, the same way that there's network TV as well as cable and movie channels (including porn movie channels that do well). Premium and pay-for sites offer a more carefully selected variety as well as remixed classics with a standardized level of production value. You can get porn free, but you get what you pay for, and that can be unattractive people humping care bears to a soundtrack.

There is so much free porn out there now that it doesn't make sense to buy a device, or download an app or whatever.

It does if you want to find what you want. If I want textual porn, I can go to Nifty and play "hope this is readable and no unexpected diaper appearances or watersports" (hint: there will be diapers or watersports, every goddamn time), or I can buy it professionally to meet a basic editorial standard that will have clear disclosure to my specifications (no diapers, no watersports).

Teh same holds true with professional versus amateur anything--payment tends to guarantee a certain professional standard, whereas amateur, diapered people humping carebears on the toilet. This isn't to make a judgment on quality, since the same rule applies to any creative work in how much is good to horrible, but your chances are higher in professional to get what you want without a feeling you can't look at your stuffed animals anymore.

During all the bail outs Larry Flynt and the guy from the Girls Gone Wild movies were asking for a 5 billion dollar bail out for porn. It wasn't even a joke.

It was a joke. Porn suffered during the repression, pretty much like all businesses, but one of the few things that porn has going for it is that it does make money consistently because their budgets can shoe-string fairly easily; even their big budget movies don't often compare to a major Hollywood flick, and to make money fast, they can do it stripped. It doesn't have to be a huge amount to be worth the payoff--when you make a shoestring but standardized production value porn, it's not hard to make the money back.

2010-05-04 03:54 pm (UTC)
being uncomfortably turned on by linear algebra
*raises hand*

Math in general actually. Rec your math-porn here ;)

2010-05-04 04:38 pm (UTC)
SGA was always good for that.

2010-05-04 04:14 pm (UTC)
-there's not much that gives me hope for humanity as the fact that if you build it, they will make porn that can run on it.

Porn is my rock in an unstable world. Whenever I feel lost or unsure, I can always rely on the fact that, somewhere out there, there's a video of two emo twinks doing it by candlelight to a soundtrack that is heavily reliant on Death Cab For Cutie.

It's comforting, really, when you think about it.

2010-05-04 04:39 pm (UTC)
somewhere out there, there's a video of two emo twinks doing it by candlelight to a soundtrack that is heavily reliant on Death Cab For Cutie.

That is ridiculously life-affirming right now. Rock on, emoboys.

2010-05-04 04:43 pm (UTC)
Yup, knew this. Or at least suspected. Rule 34, subsection A; If you build it, someone will use it for porn.

2010-05-04 07:43 pm (UTC)
If you build it, they will cum.


Couldn't resist it, sorry.
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2010-05-04 08:20 pm (UTC)
It's why we had VHS and not Betamax.

2010-05-04 09:09 pm (UTC)
being uncomfortably turned on by linear algebra

Linear Algebra never did it for me. Calculus on the other hand...

2010-05-05 12:03 pm (UTC)
VECTOR calculus. Taylor polynomials. Infinite series.

Holy God.

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