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The Erotic Engine: How Pornography Has Powered Mass Communication, from Gutenberg to Google


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Pornography: The force for change that has been written out of the history of world culture.

From cave painting to photography to the internet, pornography has always been at the cutting edge in adopting and exploiting new developments in mass communication. And in so doing, it has helped to promote and propel those developments in ways that are rarely acknowledged. Without pornography, the internet would not have grown so quickly. The e-commerce payment systems that are now commonplace would be at a far more primitive stage security and usability. Without video streaming software developed for pornography sites, CNN would be struggling to deliver news clips. Without advertising from sex sites, Google could not have afforded YouTube.

This smart, witty and well-researched history shows how a vast secret trade has bankrolled and shaped mainstream culture and its machines.

About the Author

\Patchen Barss has written about science, technology and culture for more than a decade. His articles have appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Montreal Gazette, Reader's Digest, Saturday Night, CBC online, and many other places. He has worked as a producer at CBC Television and the Discovery Channel, and is currently a director of communications in the field of advanced scientific research.

Table of Contents


Part One: Drawing, Painting, Carving, Writing

One The Oldest Impression

Two The “Hottentot Venus” and the History of Civilization

Three The Virgin and the Naughty Monkey

Four Fleshing the Press

Part Two: Mechanical Reproduction

Five Exposure Time

Six Stag Nation

Seven The Format War

Eight “U” Tube

Nine Erotica Online

Ten Virtual World FAQ

Eleven The Games People Play

Part Three: The Modern Pornography Industry

Twelve The Commercialization of the Internet

Thirteen Pornography Outstrips the Mainstream

Part Four: The Strange Future of Mass Communication

Fourteen Words Get in the Way

Fifteen Out of the MUD

Sixteen Emergent Sex and Non-emergent Technology

Seventeen The Law of Unintended Consequences

Eighteen Down but Not Out

Nineteen A Touchy Subject

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How Pornography Has Powered Mass Communication, from Gutenberg to Google
Doubleday Canada
Barss, Patchen
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