American activist site Alternet posted a story with the interesting headline
7 Surprising Ways Porn Is Changing
Users of Internet pornography are probably familiar with the site YouPorn. And maybe RedTube. Theres also Tube8, XTube, ExtremeTube, and PornHub. The list goes on. These sites, often referred to as the tube sites, host a wide array of free (and largely pirated) user-generated content thats starting to change the porn industry. Listed below are seven of the most surprising ways porn is changing.
Industry insiders will confirm that porn production is at an all-time low. Colin and Angie Rowntree have been in the porn business for over 20 years. Back in 1994, the AVN Hall of Fame inductees founded the BDSM website Wasteland.com. In 1999, Angie started Sssh.com, a porn site for women, by women. Colin estimates that at least 50% of the small studios have gone under in the past 10 years. Angie told me, A lot of the little tiny mom-and-pop ones are gone, and those were the ones that had original ideas.
Colin added, If you want to get new content, quality content thats actually well made, somebody has to pay the performers. Somebody has to pay the cameraman. Somebody has to pay the editors. Somebody has to pay for all this stuff. And if nobody is paying to buy it, the whole thing comes tumbling down which it currently is.
Colin is right of course and his words apply to everything on the net, not just porn. It was inevitable that the hippy ideology of the founding beardies would lead to this, all that caring, sharing, join-hand-and-sing-kumbafuckingya bollocks could never work. It takes time and resources to make video content, be it porn, comedy, documentary or highbrow drama.
It takes time and dedication to write good fiction and articles, make good video, compose and record good music, or create good artwork. Yet because of the way Google works, the net wants new content every day, and yet people who want to, and have the skills and talent to create good new content are frustrated by the way their work is ‘shared’ (pirated) by people who are just attention seekers or stolen by rip off merchants.
If we want to avoid the net becoming nothing more than an advertising medium we need to get our heads round the idea that people who entertain us have to eat and pay their rent.