Ten Gifts the Porn Industry Gave the Internet (for Better or Worse)

Ten Gifts the Porn Industry Gave the Internet (for Better or Worse)

A few months ago when Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler and noted author, came to Houston, he was asked about the future of the porn industry. As one of the leaders in the industry, hell, a pioneer, what he had to say chilled some of the perverts in the audience to the bone.

"Hustler as a magazine, even Playboy as a print magazine, will not be around in two or three years. So many daily newspapers are folding, and production costs are rising all over the board. Only 5 percent of my income comes from the magazine." He went on to say that he had already begun diversifying Hustler's pop culture grasp to include the chain of strip clubs, merchandise and online content. But the online content isn't as lucrative as it once was.

The Internet and the free porn that it holds are killing traditional pornography, it seems. The technology that had initially pushed porn into more homes and lives than ever before is now helping downsize the very industry it was helping.

But those technologies -- which had initially somewhat perverse reasons for existing -- ended up shaping the online world we live with almost every minute of our lives, from streaming videos and live chat to even commerce. Watching your favorite TV show, talking to a friend half a world away, and buying the Star Wars boxed set on Amazon were helped along partly by porn moguls for their own purposes.

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Online payments

Developer Richard Gordon and his Electronic Card System service helped make it possible to spend money online. Of course, porn doesn't make as much online as it once did at the dawn of high-speed connections, when the prospect of a world of sex in a box in your home was still a novelty. Now with free porn all over the place via sites like YouPorn and Spankwire (a friend told me about them), not to mention Tumblr, it's even harder for companies to get a slice of the (sigh) pie than a decade ago.

Spam & Pop-Ups

Gross, right? We all remember the "Get hard now, click now" subject headings and the "You just won a free iPod!" pop-ups that seemed to come out of nowhere. Thanks, porn. Spam and pop-up blockers cut down on all of this exponentially these days, but every now and then one appears and makes us smile a little inside, like when you see an eagle soaring in the sky or a non-ironic mullet.

Ten Gifts the Porn Industry Gave the Internet (for Better or Worse)

Streaming Video

The roads to your Netflix and Hulu, not to mention YouTube, obsessions were paved with squirting MILFs and busty Asian housemaids. It was online sexing that made it possible for you to catch up on your stories while you were supposed to be working. Hold on, a new episode of The Walking Dead just popped up online...

Malware

We've all been there. Your identity gets stolen, or you get constant redirects to random-ass search engines. You have to clean your hard drive once a week, and your credit card number changes more than Lindsay Lohan's diaphragm (ew). Even one short visit to a porn site can infect your precious digital baby, necessitating a full holy ghost cleansing.

 

Broadband Speeds

Internet porn didn't create broadband. But a higher volume of users coming online and the march of technology alongside it helped make broadband possible and, later on, a necessity.

As the online porn industry exploded in the '90s in tandem with the Internet itself, the lust for faster connections increased. Of course, we blame the thirst for fastness on online music sharing, but we all know it was only a part of broadband's selling point. Porn is not immune to piracy either, and porn moguls have plenty to complain about with mainstream movie studios and record labels.

Live Chat

With things like Skype, families can talk to each other from thousands of miles away, and soldiers can see their children while they are overseas. But you know, you can also watch someone put a Jarritos bottle where it doesn't belong. And I don't mean the wrong recycling bin. Google something called "Teledildonics" too after you finish this blog.

Ten Gifts the Porn Industry Gave the Internet (for Better or Worse)

Domain-Name Hijacking

Imagine trying to go to a defunct business's Web site, and instead through user error you get dumped into a porn site with the same name. This sort of domain-name jacking is pretty common when owners of previously well-known domains give up their cyber homesteads and head elsewhere. That covered and smothered barbecue place doesn't look too appetizing now.

Traffic Optimization

Porn companies package links on their aggregator sites depending on your choices. This is called traffic optimization. The free image and video sites give you a taste of the fun stuff, while directing you to another site that wants your money. Most people don't get that far and their use of the free site helps fulfill their needs before they open up their wallets. That's a fancy way of saying that they will get off on the free shit before they ever pony up ten bucks for pay-per-view porn.

Mainstream, non-porn sites use this same sort of practice, but don't redirect you to a pay site. For instance, if you view a Beach Boys story on Rolling Stone's site, you will see links to other stories about Brian Wilson and other people connected with the band. It's another way we, uh, they, get your ad dollars. Wink.

Browser Hijacking

This is actually going on with the computer I am typing on now here at the office. A few weeks back, I did a blog on rock star sex tapes, and surprise surprise, my browser was hijacked during the "research" and now most every time I run a Google search, it ends up in Russian or leads to the British version of Google.

 

3G Mobile Services

Your smart phone is great for social media bitching, getting traffic directions and taking nude pics of yourself in the mirror to send to your partner. The 3G services on mobile phones helped foster the "iPorn" industry, with increased speeds and the relatively discreet nature of someone's personal device ushering along adult sites where you can look at naked people doing stuff to each other, while sitting in line at the grocery line, not that we have ever done that at all.


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