The Internet’s Creative Destruction… Of Porn?
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  • Chris

    The last point about TV collapsing; look at the numbers for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Nearly as many people downloaded it illegally as watched it on HBO in America (and that doesn’t factor in people who stream it illegally, putting the pirate numbers higher than the legal numbers). All while people are constantly shouting that they’d love to pay for the channel or show, individually, without paying for cable.

  • Agreed. Too much hulla balloo over new media. I think it’s going to over all be a good things. Things may get fragmented but it will allow for more tailored news intake. 15 years ago I just read the times and that was it. Now I’m completely enriched by everything else. But how will it pay ?? We need to come up with a post-advertising model for revenue. Micro charging? I pay 2 dollars a month already for certain listservs and I think that may be the way out. For instance, Walter, if you charge 2.99 a month. I’d buy in. You must have at least 10,000 loyal followers ? I’m guessing. That’s a nice chunk of change.

  • Kansas Scott

    It’s really none of my business but this post reminds me that I have always wondered how Via Meadia finances itself. There is one ad showing on my page no other obvious revenue generator.

    Like I said, it’s none of my business other than it is in my self interests that this site remain healthy and viable.

  • Anthony

    WRM, core of Blodgett’s argument rests on user behavior and evolving traditional models of servicing. His overall article provides a general impression of information/entertainment/content world of digital delivery and its impact on traditional television. Inter alia, the creative destruction of capitalism may be at play.

  • Taeyeong

    Re: online advertising

    I wonder whether online advertising is sometimes counterproductive. I’ve noticed that the Obama campaign (or an affiliated PAC) has blanketed youtube with a huge volume of ads for the President, some of them incredibly long ads, and some of them timed so they’re short enough that you can’t just skip after 5 seconds (I think ads under 15 seconds are unskippable). I’m not the target market for the President, since my low opinion of him is pretty well locked in, but I can’t imagine anyone else is happy to have to watch a campaign ad, just so they can get to their videos of silly cats.

    Re: Chris:

    All while people are constantly shouting that they’d love to pay for the channel or show, individually, without paying for cable.

    I actually haven’t downloaded Game of Thrones illegally, but I would be willing to pay to stream it, if I didn’t have to pay for the channel or cable (I don’t have cable). I can watch it, just have to wait a year or so.

  • So this raises an interesting question or two or three.

    Those of us in tech & entertainment have long-recognized that, as noted here, Cable, VHS, DVD and now the Internet all have been supported in their early years by porn. Now that the porn/prostitution model is evolving (devolving?) to the denominator of the equation, what does that say about the model of politicians in this new world?

    No one is really sure which is the oldest profession, pros or pols, but the internet is changing both models quickly. I guess the hookers are smart enough to have figured this out.

  • Mrs. Davis

    No one is really sure which is the oldest profession, pros or pols, but the internet is changing both models quickly. I guess the hookers are smart enough to have figured this out.

    Well, it only costs $3 to have dinner with Anna, Sara Jessica and Baraq. The convergence at hand?

  • silia

    destruction of traditional porn industry, not porn itself which is more ubiquitous and widespread than ever.

  • I’m glad the porn makers are being run out of business. You can’t compete with amateurs who do it for the love of it. 🙂

  • Eurydice

    If there’s one industry I’m not worried about, it’s porn. I remember reading somewhere that the very earliest examples of the Ancient Greek alphabet are erotic poems inscribed on pottery. Whatever the new technology, humans will figure out how to first use it for porn. 🙂

  • LarryReiser

    Adaptation on a firm foundation has always been a formula for success.Evolving methods and means of communication sharing of facts and opinions are signs that Liberty and Freedom are alive and well.

  • Gary L

    (Warning: blue language in this link)

    Does the blue language have any connection with the blue social model?

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