The Porn Industry Is Self-Destructive

Porn is everywhere, thanks to the internet. Gone are the days of having to wait for a “stag film” or sneaking your parent’s copy of Playboy (or Playgirl. I’m not sexist) to get off. Now you can go to any computer and see evidence of Internet Rule Thirty-Four with a few clicks of your mouse. And while pornography itself isn’t necessarily a mainstream industry yet, we certainly see it coming out from behind the scarlet red door. However, in a rush to have all the porn, all the time, there is a shocking practice that threatens to turn the industry inside out. And it’s something we all love.

How Porn Changed The World

Most people take things for granted that they wouldn’t have without the porn industry. Things you don’t realize came about because of the industry. Remember VCRs? While Betamax was superior to the VHS format in both video quality and audio, the actual device to play the movies on was significantly more expensive than VHS. Thus, to get their product in front of people, the industry more than likely pushed VHS to the forefront by making their films available on that format. Several decades later, the same thing happened with BluRay vs. high definition DVD. The industry itself didn’t care one way or the other about how to produce their films, but they saw how people spend their money and followed suit.

How Porn Birthed The Internet

As early as the early Eighties, porn was available on the World Wide Web. Granted, to look at what it was then in comparison to what we have today, it’s comparing literal stick figures (ASCII porn) to works displayed in Musée du Louvre. In the late Eighties and early Nineties, however, the ability to transmit images revolutionized the medium. Suddenly, a somewhat dowdy form of communication that was primarily used by the military and academics was being recognized by others. File Transfer Protocols, or FTP servers, made it possible for images to be shared anonymously and that led to the first Usenet groups. The rest, as they say, is history. As technology advanced, so too did the porn industry. By nineteen ninety-four, almost eighty-four percent of the images on Usenet was porn. The industry has always been at the forefront and should continue to be so; unless a frightening trend continues.

Who Pays For Porn

Porn wouldn’t have been able to remain at the forefront of so many changes to how our lives operate without one essential tool. Money. It costs money to produce, to create, to film, everything. There is not a single thing associated with the making of porn that doesn’t lead back to finances. And that hasn’t been a problem for a while. In nineteen seventy, a federal investigation into the industry estimated the retail value at less than ten million dollars. Thirty years later, the estimate jumped to one billion dollars. And today, almost twenty years from that, it’s thirteen billion. The majority of that money goes to the studios that are creating films, which it uses to fund more films. Seems legit, right?

Except, more and more frequently, we are seeing a trend that leads away from that. With the advent of social media (I’m looking right at you @Twitter), we can now freely share pornographic images back and forth. One look at my personal twitter feed will show se … ahem … never mind. Suffice to say, there are images on my feed that support this point. And Tube sites popping up every day, what could have been a fantastic resource for studios and actors has, in fact, become a detraction. Tube sites and free porn sites (yes, I’m including those image bank sites) put the images and the movies out there, sure, but they don’t always lead back to the original creators. And it’s easy enough for someone to buy a scene or a movie, upload it to the cloud, and make it freely available. So the creators are missing out on that income.

How Do We Fix Porn

It’s not a critical mass thing here. Porn isn’t going to dry up tomorrow, I swear. But we have to put a mind into what we want to do. How do we want to ensure we can still watch our favorite performers? A few ideas come to mind, but it always comes down to a singular, necessary thing. Pay for it. Buy your porn. Whether you are subscribing to a performer’s content site or a studio, buying videos or magazines in your local stores, or calling a sexy MILF phone sex line. However you can contribute, paying for it will ensure the industry remains at the front of the pack; driving technological advances as much as driving you to stroke your dick in Fapistan. (Yes, I live in Florida and yes, this is probably true)

 

 

One thought on “The Porn Industry Is Self-Destructive

  1. Well said.
    Definitely, porn paid the bills to get the internet built.
    Can you imagine !? the poor lonely nut who spent all that time going line by line to produce that picture? (thank you though)

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