When reality hits…..
Posted on October 15, 2009
According to a recent piece in the LA Times, the porn business is in all but free-fall. Apparently this decline in paid-for porn isn’t just down to the recession, it’s due in large part to the massive increase in free online content. As the Times says: “insiders estimate that revenue at most adult entertainment production and distribution companies has fallen 30% to 50% over the past few years.”
If this is true, I know I for one won’t be shedding any tears over it, and I doubt many readers of this blog will be either.
But anyway, in light of these figures Brian Donohue of Ledger Live, the video webcast of the New-Jersey based Star-Ledger newspaper, decided to do some investigating. So he went along to the Exxxotica Convention in Edison, and for reasons known only to himself decided to see if he could draw any parallels between what’s happening to the porn industry, and what’s happening to newspapers. Yeah okay, I can see at a push how he makes the connection, what with both industries facing a threat from free online competitors, but to be honest I think any analogy between the two is pretty weak and that Donohue was just after an excuse to go to the convention.
Here’s the video webcast. If you watch it through to the end you’ll see why I thought this one was worth drawing attention to:
Did you see that? That virtual smack in the face Donohue gets at 5 minutes 40?
At the beginning of the video Donohue goes around acting like a kid in a sweetshop. He’s surrounded by half-naked women; it’s his Xmas and birthday all rolled into one. It’s all pretty lighthearted, and then, at around 4.5 minutes into the film, he gets talking to Shelley Lubben of the Pink Cross Foundation, and suddenly the subject matter’s not quite so funny anymore. In fact grim is the word he uses to describe it.
It’s interesting how people’s attitudes suddenly change when they’re confronted by the reality of what goes on in the porn industry. Instead of the usual sanitised crap the industry itself tries to present to the world, and that we can see in this video with all the smiley clean-cut blokes trying to come off as respectable businessmen, Donohue comes face to face with an industry insider who’s prepared to tell the truth about what it’s all about. And it’s about shitty crappy parents trying to push their daughters into porn so they can make some money off their backs; it’s about girls and women being increasingly expected to do more and more extreme acts in return for less and less money; it’s about, as Shelley says, girls and women being expected to carry out acts with up to 75 men at a time.
It’s no wonder Donohue felt the need to go and splash cold water on his face. Grim doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Do you think the bloke at 6:17 has ever had a sexual experience he didn’t pay for?
Thanks for posting this, its a great piece.
Sugar and Spice and all things not so nice
Garry Gross, Richard Prince and the story behind the Brooke Shields photograph
“Gross’s lawyers argued that his photographs could not further damage Shields’s reputation because, since they were taken, she had made a profitable career “as a young vamp and a harlot, a seasoned sexual veteran, a provocative child-woman, an erotic and sensual sex symbol, the Lolita of her generation”. ”
The Tate Gallery imported child pornography and thought it could get away with it.
Thank you for your original email sent in early October.
In consultation with the artist, Richard Prince, Tate has replaced Spiritual America 1983 with a later version of the work made by him in collaboration with Brooke Shields, Spiritual America IV 2005. The room reopened to the public on Tuesday 13 October 2009.
Tate is in ongoing discussions with legal advisors about the catalogue.
Tate temporarily closed the room displaying Spiritual America following a visit by the police from the Obscene Publications Unit on Wednesday 30 September 2009. The police advised that the work was ‘indecent’ under the Protection of Children Act 1978 and that they considered Tate had committed an offence under that Act. They advised that if the work were not taken down and if the catalogue were not removed from sale a prosecution would be likely. In the circumstances Tate decided that they would withdraw the work from display. The work has now been returned to the lender at his request
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I don’t know if the demise of the *legtimate*porn industry because it’s been replaced by online content is anything to celebrate though.
Because at least the *legit* performers get paid, whereas I very much suspect the “free” (or even darker, paid for) online porn doesn’t feature actors.
(The getting paid part, is a bit up in the air.)
Let them eat HIV: Who failed Lara Roxx?
Warning: graphic descriptions in this post.
Gee, who would have thought that having two strange men jam their un-condomed penises into a woman’s rectum at the same time might give her a whopping case of HIV?
‘Roxx’s interview with AVN itself shows the fluidity of “consent” in these matters. “I told [my manager] I wasn’t interested in anal at all, and I was a little freaky about the no-condom thing too,” she said. On arriving at the film shoot, she was pressured into performing the “double anal” scene by the director, Marc Anthony. She says: “So I get there and Marc Anthony tells me it’s a DA, which stands for double anal. And I’m like, ‘What? I’ve never done a double anal’. And he was like, ‘Well, that’s what we need. It’s either that or nothing’. And that’s how they do it… I think that sucks, because he knew double anal was dangerous.” Later, she says, she was in pain and could not sit down.’
Yeah I’m not saying *legit* porn is good, just that we shouldn’t celebrate its demise if the reason is it’s been replaced by internet porn.
I’m in complete agreement Polly, and I didn’t suggest celebrating it, just said I wasn’t going to cry over its demise.
The time for celebration is when the entire porn industry, in all its forms, bites the dust.
I live in hope….
There is logic in attacking the blue-chip aspects,
the porn industry is a plastic money card with a pretty picture of a bird, a lion, or electro-windmill on it.
The stuff that fled the US to stash their money in Switzerland, you can leave that to Reisman/MIM/Hughes etc.
We just need help re: mainstreaming, stop Playboy stationary in schools, bad-mouthing the Tate gallery, keeping Harriet ‘punternet’ Harman in a place that is halfway sensible.
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