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Re: Porn in the USA: Conservatives are biggest consumers
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2009 18:02:00 -0500

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Brock N. Meeks" <bmeeks () cox net>
Date: March 1, 2009 1:50:27 PM EST
To: <dave () farber net>, <jwarren () well com>
Subject: Re: [IP] Porn in the USA: Conservatives are biggest consumers

Leaving the original <ahem> thrust of this message aside, my foremost
question was "how did the researcher obtain this data?"

I've known Jim Warren for a couple of decades and I know how he values
privacy, which is why I'm curious as to why Jim didn't raise the subject

In the New Scientist article, we read the researcher has a client that runs adult entertainment web sites and that this company provided the researcher "with roughly two years of credit card data from 2006 to 2008 that included
a purchase date and each customer's postal code."

Say what? I'm sure the last thing these subscribers thought their credit
card info would be used for was any kind of social behavior study.

Perhaps the "privacy" policies of such web sites informed subscribers that
such a use of their information would be possible (I've not studied the
privacy policies of such web sites, I just look at the pictures... Wait...)

If say, oh, for example, the Airline industry, turned over this kind of
"anonymized"  credit card data to homeland security for a study of
(whatever) I think Jim would be more than a bit concerned.

Now, I suppose such a hypothetical sets up a comparison as to who is the
more trustworthy:  the adult entertainment industry, the researcher, the
airline industry or Uncle Sam.  I leave that debate to more informed


On 3/1/09 10:21 AM, "David Farber" <dave () farber net> wrote:

Begin forwarded message:

From: Jim Warren <jwarren () well com>
Date: February 28, 2009 4:27:59 PM EST
To: Dave Farber <dave () farber net>
Subject: Porn in the USA: Conservatives are biggest consumers

From the New Scientist - http://bit.ly/ZkOq
27 February 2009 by Ewen Callaway

Americans may paint themselves in increasingly bright shades of red
and blue, but new research finds one thing that varies little across
the nation: the liking for online pornography.

A new nationwide study (pdf) of anonymised credit-card receipts from a
major online adult entertainment provider finds little variation in
consumption between states.

"When it comes to adult entertainment, it seems people are more the
same than different," says Benjamin Edelman at Harvard Business School.

However, there are some trends to be seen in the data. Those states
that do consume the most porn tend to be more conservative and
religious than states with lower levels of consumption, the study finds.

...<big snip>...

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