I did not watch this. However, I wish that I had. I will point out that if people want to watch porn, so be it. Who am I to censor what my neighbor does in the privacy of their own home. ‘American Porn’ on Frontline. Last night my local PBS station aired Frontline’s American Porn, an hour-long piece on the current state of the adult entertainment industry. As one might expect, there is much more to the pornography industry than could be summarized in an hour, so the reporting concentrated on brief interviews of producers, directors, actors, public prosecutors, and a brief history of sexual entertainment in America to better contextualize their comments. The report offered an interesting thesis: that a slacking off in the federal prosecution of obscenity laws during the Clinton administration (1992-2000), coincident with the new distribution channels offered by the Internet, has brought hardcore porn from the backalleys of big cities into the living rooms of suburban America. And to help make this possible, several large-scale information providers with familiar brand names have teamed up with the porn studios, unable to resist the high margins and never-waning demand for more sexually-oriented material. [kuro5hin.org]
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