Jan 222011
 

Prognosticators and pundits always mention the music industry as a harbinger of what’s to come/what’s happening in the publishing industry. But an equally valid parallel might be found in the porn industry.

BTW, dg is having a high-quality full-size heated silicone replica of himself built. It will be marketed under the name NC Seminars—Writing to the Max.

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Five hundred years ago, while Martin Luther was using the printing press to disseminate his 95 Theses, Italian author Pietro Aretino was using the new invention to get his “School of Whoredom” on bookshelves. “When new media offer new markets, porn spies them quickly and rushes to fill them, like an amoeba extruding a new pseudopod where its skin is thinnest,” wrote legal scholar Peter Johnson in a mid-1990s essay.

If video sales aren’t going to be the cash cow they once were, a growing number of adult stars are hedging their bets by moving into the piracy-proof realm of sex toys. As one industry insider quipped, “you can’t download a dildo.” Fleshlight, a Texas-based producer of male masturbators has contracted with several adult models to produce silicone replicas of their most intimate parts. Other stars have taken it a step further by sponsoring full-size, heated silicone reproductions. For $7,000, hardcore porn fans can pick up an eerily lifelike Doppelganger of their favourite stars.

Doomsayers continue to herald the end of the adult industry. Lifestyle blog AskMen.com even likened this year’s Adult Entertainment Expo to “one big party on the Titanic.”

via Nobody pays for porn anymore: A tale of a sad-sack expo | Features | National Post.

  8 Responses to “Nobody pays for porn (or literature) anymore”

  1. Heated? Oh, my. Now that is tempting. 🙂

    • I think the body heat simulation and the flesh-tones are important as the device inside dg’s simulated head plays an mp3 of the famous novel lecture.

      • Based on years of training in Behavior Analysis, I would say that you’ve finally found the definitive solution to teaching novel writing. Have you tried it on Lucy?

  2. “you can’t download a dildo.”

    I’m afraid I absolutely lost it at this point.

  3. I love it when the words pseudopod and Doppelganger appear in the same post. It makes me want to write an erasure.

  4. This is horrible. Is there nowhere an artist can make a decent buck nowadays?

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