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Moriash Moreau: My Second Life
Thursday, July 05, 2007
 
Porn is War
Following is an excerpt from an old e-mail, written a few months back. It was sent in response to a missive from a friend, asking about the prevalence of sex in Second Life, at least as portrayed by mainstream media.

Honestly, as distasteful as I find the porn [in SL], I have to applaud its presence. Once porn shows up, you know the technology has mainstream acceptance. Think of books, paintings, television, movies, etc. Pornography is to information technology what warfare is to more concrete science and engineering. Everyone agrees it's regrettable, and the majority of people don't want it to happen, but you can't deny the huge technological improvements that invariably come with it.

Given my previous post, it seemed appropriate. As many people have pointed out before, pornographic content creators are often the first to embrace new media technology. Or, as Gerard Van Der Leun said in the first issue of Wired, "Sex is a virus that infects new technology first."

Discuss amongst yourselves.
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