the high throne of porn might fall...

Let me start off by saying I just posted, and I quote, "the high throne of porn...", I don't know, I thought that was pretty impressive.

Anywho, Porn is now LESS and LESS popular on the Internet. The Economist article goes on to say that social networking sites, i.e. myspace and facebook, are now getting the bulk of the hits from internet users. While the Avenue Q song The Internet is Made For Porn may have had it right, web 2.0 is made for high school and college students.

Just as a side note, it is slightly interesting that none of the articles we have read this year deal with porn in any way shape or form. We might be able to pile it into the category of the internet freaking out parents, but besides that it really has not been mentioned. From a personal perspective, I doubt I could maintain an intellectual conversation on the subject for more than five minutes without feeling so awkward that I wanted to curl up into a ball, but the point still remains that porn kind of defines the internet, or a substantial part of it, for most people. I don't know if this is a comment on our character, or the early state of the internet, but I think we owe it to all those actors out there to recognize them as being an integral part of the online experience. Besides, the internet would never be as much fun without the occasional random porn pop-up and great spam messages!

I can honestly say I would not be able to hold an actual conversation regarding pornopgraphy and the internet...what does interest me though, are online sexual predators.
For young adolescents just entering puberty, raging hormones and all, the internet can seem like an ideal place to experiment. Also making it an ideal place for sexual predators to find prey. It's just too easy. It's been the case that teenagers will agree to meet with the people they have 'cybersex' with online. What would be the driving force behind that? Blackmail? Curiosity?

There are supposedly thousands of child porn chat rooms on the internet and other such things of a similar nature. How much can children be protected from those who troll the internet looking to have sex with minors?

Dateline did a feature last year, of an investigation of sexual predators who would chat with young adolescents online. The person would be invited into a house, thinking they were meeting with a 12, 13 year old boy /girl and instead find themselves in an interview with a news correspondent, asking them questions about why they were there. I saw some of it and it was interesting to see the reactions of the adults (usually men).

I don't know what you guys have to say about this, but the whole thing gives me some serious heebie jeebies.

When I read this post, I immediately thought of a media studies topic that has intrigued me from the get-go: Marshal McLuhan's Global Village. Basically the global village entails people from all over the world communicating and forming bonds with each other via technology so as to form "villages." (Examples of these "villages" might be the fandoms of certain shows, video games, etc.)

I feel like this fall of the "high throne of porn" (as you so aptly wrote, Bumpkins) might push the literal sense of global village one step further as people are prioritizing social networking sites as number one. Interesting. Are we really returning to a more communal form of being/ expression???

I also feel compelled to point out how interesting the idea of the global village is in relation to the study of New Media. We mentioned in class the other day how some of the theorists we read (i.e. Baudrillard, etc. ) were not even aware of the actual technologies that now constitute "new media" because they were writing long before the internet and digital technologies even existed.

Interesting article you linked to there. It suggests that sex's role online has shifted just as the rest of the media has: from something you sit back and consume to something you participate in with others online. Disturbing, sure, but very interesting.

I haven't done enough research to claim that this is necessarily so, but one hypothesis is that in the early days of the internet, advertising was lucrative enough to keep the online porn industry online. More recently, Google's AdWords/AdSense system has made advertising-for-all so widespread and affordable that advertising just doesn't make the industry enough $$$. Interestingly enough, in the days of the porn-dominated Internet DoubleClick was the #1 advertising company, but Google just bought them out.

Or the simpler hypothesis is simply that the market became oversaturated, and there simply became too many porn sites making it impossible for any of them to do well, so the weaker ones gave up.

I think this is a follow up to the first article I posted.