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Porn and technology: Always together

Scott Jagow Jan 7, 2010

The annual Consumer Electronics Show is underway once again in Las Vegas, and as usual, there’s another national convention going on right next door. It’s hardly a coincidence.

I’m talking, of course, about the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo. Tech and porn have never been far apart.

Take today’s press release from a Southern California company called “Bad Girls in 3D.” You got it — it’s the first ever in-home 3D subscription service:

“For several decades, the adult entertainment industry has driven adoption of every significant new entertainment delivery system — the VHS home-video craze in the 1980s, the satellite television mania in the 1990s and the present day internet,” said Lance Johnson of Bad Girls in 3D. “2010 and beyond will be all about 3D. Society’s enthusiasm for 3D films is largely responsible for the record $10 billion in box office revenues in 2009.”

Don’t think that the gadget geeks and the porn stars don’t mingle either. “Actor” Ron Jeremy will sneak over to the CES for a couple of panels. In one of them, “Mommy Tech”, he’ll be talking to parents about porn. Yes, I’m serious:

“Porn is definitely not for kids. Take it from someone who has worked in the industry for years,” Jeremy said. “Internet filtering is an easy way to prevent kids from being exposed to this stuff, and I think that every parent should use a product like Safe Eyes.”

Jeremy will also take part in “The Great Porn Debate,” sponsored by InternetSafety.com. He’ll square off with anti-porn pastor Craig Gross. Gross is founder of XXXchurch.com, a Christian website that aims to help people who struggle with pornography.

Pornography, technology AND religion. That’s quite a weekend. Only in Vegas, I suppose.

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