Friday, April 23, 2010
The Hypocrisy about Pornography
Politicians doing what they do best
Recent reports about participation of SEC staff using office computers to view and download pornographic items made the front page of major newspapers. Some Americans were outraged. Well, at least that was what one gathered from their reaction.
A Frontline report titled American Porn contained the following:
It's one of the hottest industries in America. Easier to order at home than a pizza, bigger than rock music, it's arguably the most profitable enterprise in cyberspace. AT&T has been in the business. Yahoo! has profited from it. Westin and Marriott have made more money selling it than selling snacks and drinks in their mini-bars. And with estimates as high as $10 billion a year, it boasts the kind of earnings that most American businesses would envy.That was in February 2002!
"Sex sells" - It sure does
A Stanford University study covering the period 1997-2001 stated:
Sex sells. As the number one income generator on the Internet today, pornography is a ripe business that will continue to grow along with the advancement of technology. With a reported annual growth rate of 40% since 1997, and the status of being the most queried subject on search engines, pornography is a thriving industry and one of the only successful e-businesses.It would be interesting to see an update of the report but one can be sure that the growth rate has accelerated way past 40%.
While there are undeniably harmful effects, pornography is here to stay. It has become a part of mainstream society, and not only in America. Recommended reading: How teenage access to pornography is killing intimacy in sex TimesOnLine January 17, 2010.
"Teenagers have such easy access to hardcore porn that a skewed view of sex is becoming the norm in society and the idea of intimacy is dying"