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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.

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About the Author

PATCHEN BARSS is Director, Communications and Media Relations, with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. As a journalist he has written about science and the humanities in higher education for more than a decade. His

articles have appeared in the National Post, the Montreal Gazette, Reader's Digest, Saturday Night, This Magazine, and many other publications. He has been a technology and culture columnist for CBC Online and a producer for CBC Television.

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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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Barss, Patchen
Anchor Canada
General Social Science
Gender Studies-Pornography
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