For those of you who think porn is just a bit of harmless fun, let me now inform you that it is more, much more than that.
In fact, it is a little known fact that porn drives the development of technology.
Of the multitude of examples in which this has happened, here are a few:
When video tapes were first produced, there were two kinds of video tape, Sony (VHS) and Betamax. Because VHS video tapes were cheaper to produce, porn makers began to use these to distribute their films. The earliest home video rental stores were almost exclusively pornographic. Consequently, families started buying video recorders, ostensibly to watch ET, but really to watch Debbie Does Dallas. As a result of this porn revolution, eventually there was a VHS player in every home, and Betamax died a death.
When the iPod Video first came out, within a month, porn producers had converted their movies to iPod format and were selling pay per view for the iPod. The movie producers figured out how to do this for free, and now everyone does it (Apple twice tried and failed to block porn makers from converting their porn movies to iPod format). The porn on the iPod has not helped the iPod sell per se, but it has put the iPod on the cutting edge, and has helped it sell well for five years, while other similar products have bitten the dust.
Currently there is a war on among the producers of high definition DVDs, between Blu-Ray and HD DVD. The porno people have started backing HD DVD as standard and soon Blu-Ray will be dust.
How funny that in the future, in the history of technology books for schools, you will have to include these pertinent facts. Or maybe not. How many history books really tell the truth?
The only confusing thing in this history of porn being on the cutting edge of technology, is why pornotube should have developed now, after the non-porn site, youtube. And how does pornotube make any money? There are so many mysteries in the world, and yet so few answers.
I imagine that in London, whenever someone says, “Hey, didn't I see you on the tube the other day?” there will be lots of confused faces. Since the tube is the name for the London subway, anyone who has posted their face on pornotube will wonder, did she recognize me from pornotube or did she just get a glimpse of me on the subway?
Who am I? Displaced Londoner now living in the States with my two little girlies and long suffering husband. Co-author of hilarious parenting book Cocktails at Naptime www.cocktailsatnaptime.com
My mom's an Austrian, my dad's a Brit, which makes me a Britaustrian, or possibly an Austrish?