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The Ironic Blow…

Posted by Adam Graham on June 4, 2007

Porn Industry folks who’ve fought regulations designed to protect minors from porn online were hit with shocking news:

The Internet was supposed to be a tremendous boon for the pornography industry, creating a global market of images and videos accessible from the privacy of a home computer. For a time it worked, with wider distribution and social acceptance driving a steady increase in sales.

But now the established pornography business is in decline — and the Internet is being held responsible.

The online availability of free or low-cost photos and videos has begun to take a fierce toll on sales of X-rated DVDs. Inexpensive digital technology has paved the way for aspiring amateur pornographers, who are flooding the market, while everyone in the industry is giving away more material to lure paying customers.

And unlike consumers looking for music and other media, viewers of pornography do not seem to mind giving up brand-name producers and performers for anonymous ones, or a well-lighted movie set for a ratty couch at an amateur videographer’s house.

Hat Tip: Instapundit

And now the paying porn industry is being killed. I’ve got mixed feelings on this. On one hand, it’s eminently just given the adult industry’s involvement in not only the debasement of women, etc. but also the frequent mix of porn, spyware, and electronic fraud.

On the other hand, this seems to suggest that people are becoming worth less to their fellow man, even in how much they pay for porn.

Take this letter from Roger Wood, which begins:

We don’t really care about prostitution, prostitutes or their “alleged” handlers.

A situation that leads directly to the exploitation and abuse of women and their debasement is something we “no longer care about”? Indeed, perhaps many don’t, but I don’t consider this a positive development for our society.


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