Porn on ABC's Primetime

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  1. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    So I'm watching this story/expose(?) on the porn industry, and one of the thigs they mention is how profitable(?) and fast growing it is. That's not exactly anything new. So I start wondering, is Primetime doing a piece on porn because they want to inform the public or because they want to cash in on its popularity and ratings draw?


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  2. blackfox macrumors 65816

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    This thread could get ugly fast...

    My quick answer is probably a little of both...porn sure does get a spirited response... coming from both sides
     
  3. Doctor Q Administrator

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    It's the latter. You can tell as follows: If they were merely informing the public, the titillating news stories would happen any old time. But they instead occur more frequently during "sweeps", the times that viewing measurements are being made that affect advertising rates. That shows that they are playing these stories for the extra attention they draw. I don't have evidence of this myself, but I read a lot and I've seen this explained in that way.
     
  4. iJon macrumors 604

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    its probably both. it is interesting, and since it's interesting people will watch it and they can sell many ads during the show. I don't see how this is different then any other thing they talk about on primtime or dateline or whatever. and off the record, yay for porn.

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  5. virividox macrumors 601

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    look at europes stance on porn, its not taboo, but its shown late at night.

    prime time may be too early tho. but i think exposes on the industry are fine, they know standards of decency i doubt they will be corssed
     
  6. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    Ask yourself these questions.
    Did they show ex-pornstars or old men in bow-ties?
    Did they show blurred clips or stock charts?
     
  7. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    There was a great article in Forbes about how porn industry stats are wildly exaggerated.

    Anyone who saw the ABC special know if ABC reporters fell for that trap?
     
  8. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    Well, there go my plans for a career change. :rolleyes:
     
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    too bad you used "exaggerated" instead of "inflated." i was all ready with some inappropriate comments. :eek: ;) :cool:
     
  11. Penman macrumors regular

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    As someone who knows (I've worked with most of the top Pornography companies in the US and Eruope - behind the camera) I would temper the Forbes piece with another 3 facts.

    1) Porn companies are usually privately held making access to financial data almost impossible
    2) The Porn companies the mainstrem thinks of as 'big' aren't in fact the real players (especially online). The biggest companies are overlooked and like it that way.
    3) Yes - the ABC piece was about ratings. Porn companies get a lot of coverage during sweeps periods and it's always under the guise of education. Remember most networks are owned by companies with sattelite and cable divisions that happily broadcast porn themselves. Any 'disgust' is purely for show. You should have been there when Bill O'Reilly asked Jenna Jameson to send him some free 'samples' after accusing porn of destroying America (I was and it was almost funny).
     
  12. wdlove macrumors P6

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    That show happened to be a rerun of a earlier broadcast also. These on air magazines don't put anything on the air unless it will get good ratings. There don't do it to inform, but to make money. :(
     
  13. Savage Henry macrumors 65816

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    Man, you guys should try the stuff in this country. It is so transparent the kind of stuff the yare pedling: Fox network (the worst) - recently span out an hour long 'informative' documentary about the bra. :confused: I can't think they'd even contemplate the same sort of air-play for the y-fronts.
     
  14. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    I would like add that they need to look worldwide for an industry such as this. There are many offshore sites/sources that contribute to the industry but are not included in their figures.

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    As I flipped through the channels in my hotel room in downtown Montreal, I found porn on regular network TV. At about eleven o'clock. To my US-American mind this was absolutely impossible. I thought for sure I was being charged, that this was a pay-per view mistake and I'd be the perv in the lobby disputing the $40 porn bill at checkout time.

    Then the show ended and the news or something came on.
     
  16. grneyedjay macrumors member

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    You know, there's not much that I would put past Disney these days... I mean, Lady and the Tramp 2, COME ON! If that's not porn, they're sure trying to market it that way!

    April Showers bring May Sweeps!
     

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