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Re: good read -- Porn in the USA: Conservatives are biggest consumers
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2009 11:48:34 -0500

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From: Lauren Weinstein <lauren () vortex com>
Date: March 2, 2009 11:38:25 AM EST
To: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Subject: Re: [IP] good read -- Porn in the USA: Conservatives are biggest consumers

2.  Conservative states are less computer-savvy and thus less likely
to use file-trading networks, so people pay for porn in those states
rather than getting it free.
3.  Conservatives buy less porn but their consciences require that
they pay for it; liberals are more likely to ignore copyright
restrictions, so their consumption doesn't show up in an analysis of
credit card payments.


I would agree that it's difficult to draw any, uh, firm conclusions
about overall porn consumption based on purchase patterns at this

There are such vast quantities of generally legal free porn (ranging
from amateur to professional) on the Net -- available on ordinary Web
sites without file trading -- that the porn industry per se has been
suffering a significant downturn.  This is not a matter of small
notice even to mainstream media here in the West San Fernando Valley,
the acknowledged porn production and distribution center of the U.S.,
if not the world.  It's been traditionally very common out here to
have neighbors at home or the office who are somehow affiliated with
the porn industry, in front of or behind the cameras.  And in fact,
most of the time these folks seem completely average -- with some
notable exceptions.  Ah, good ol' L.A.

Anyhow, the point is that porn *purchases* now would appear to be more
in "specialty" categories from die-hard fans of particular genres.
It's unclear to me how well this scales to overall interest in porn.

Lauren Weinstein
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