„They shoot Porn Stars, don't they?“ Essay über Porno und die Wirtschaftskrise

13.10.2009 Misc #Economy #Porn

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„They shoot Porn Stars, don't they?“ ist ein sehr langer und superinteressantes Essay über die Auswirkungen der Wirtschaftskrise auf die Porno-Branche. Es geht um Hardcore, um das Netz und die Downloads – tatsächlich weiß ich nicht mehr, wann dieser eine Kumpel das letzte mal (im Gegensatz zu Musik) für Pr0n bezahlt hätte – und um Fuck Machines. Stellenweise natürlich NSFW.

The day of reckoning has arrived in the Valley. Online content pirating, increased competition, a flooded market, the economic crisis, and a series of federal obscenity indictments have completely transformed the business of making adult movies. Consumers are no longer interested in paying for what they can get online for free. Across the board, those I spoke to reported profits have fallen by an estimated 30 to 50 percent.

Three years ago, Powers shot four to five movies a week. Nowadays, he’s lucky if he shoots two a week. Like many other businessmen, he’s been forced to cut corners. Ergo, the “life support system for a penis” of yesteryear has been replaced by the lower maintenance RoboCock.

“We got rid of the male talent!” Powers crows, triumphant. He enumerates the benefits of working with an animatronic phallus on one hand. “They don’t complain as much. They’re always hard. You don’t have to feed them.” Of course, the 21st century woodsman does have one drawback. “They’ve always got bolts falling off,” Powers admits with a shrug.

“The market is saturated with porn, the Internet is pirating porn left and right, and the economy is in the shitter,” Powers laments after Hunter’s shoot, staring out the sliding glass doors at a fountain trickling pleasantly in the sun-dappled backyard. He looks like a spurned lover—heartbroken. “Porn destroyed itself,” he mutters. “2005 was the peak of shit.” He shakes his head. “Now, we’re just living in piles of shit.” He is crestfallen. “It completely destroyed everything.” He looks at the floor.

They shoot Porn Stars, don't they? (via Warren Ellis)