Geeks & Pr0n Essay

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Geeks & Pr0n

Geeks & Pr0n:

A study of the culture behind the underground realm of cyber pornography.

The spawning of the public Internet as we know it today provided a brand new type of
communication, virtually unrestricted, and naturally, as with nearly every other form of
communication, has been exploited by pornography. This newly-invented category of
pornography, to be called "cyberporn," would not only revolutionize its own industry, but
also help to speed the development and growth of the Internet. Feeding off of each other,
technology and pornography have played an equally transforming role in our current methods
of communication.

It is important to note that in the past, communication technologies that were prevented
from being used as a means of sexual communication were vastly subject to failure. For
example, it is highly arguable that one of the main reasons for the victory of VHS tapes
over the Beta format is that Beta refused to let pornography occupy their tapes.
Similarly, many people attribute AOL's victory over Prodigy to the fact that Prodigy
refused to allow sexual content (Pornography and Technology). Pornography and technology
are so tightly woven together that it would appear that neither can exist without the
other, at least not in their current forms.

Partly due to their interest in technology, it is no surprise that geeks, especially geeks
of the male gender, are common consumers of the cyberporn industry. The industry is
estimated to be the highest grossing sector on the Internet (Pornography and Technology),
and for many geeks who spend a significant amount of time "on the web," it is difficult to
avoid. This paper is meant to address the culture of these geeks, and will attempt to
portray to the reader the hidden lifestyle of a geek porn-addict.

This paper will not discuss the moral concerns of pornography, because though they exist,
this portrayal is meant to be factual and not opinionated, and one cannot discuss morals
without opinions. That said, this paper will address pornography as an addiction, and
therefore a problem, when taken to certain extremities. Where these boundaries lie,
however, will not be discussed; this will be left up to the reader to define.

It is difficult to define a porn-addict without laying down boundaries that have been
previously forbidden, so this paper will use the simple definition of "one who views
pornography on a regular basis, and either suffers from or regrets his or her actions."
Almost all addictions can be defined this way, as suffering and/or regret are side-effects
that are not desirable, presumably caused by the addiction, which, when defined
negatively, cannot exist without negative side effects. Therefore, the definition suffices
without arguing for a specific point in which the viewing of pornography becomes an
addiction.

It is critical to note, however, that the suffering or regret of a porn-addict is often
overlooked by the porn-addict himself (or herself), and numerous attempts to hide the
negative emotions are often made. As evident in many online blogs and forums, geeks who
happen to be porn-addicts often seek comfort in a community of geeks with the same
problem. In such a community, though not necessarily denying his or her addiction, one can
justify his or her actions based on the acceptance of others and the sense of being "the
same." Other means of justification include the belief that one truly cannot stop, that
pornography is a physical need, and even views as ridiculous as "my addiction is a boost
to the economy."

This is not to say that pornography is wrong, as such an argument again introduces morals
and opinions. However, if an addiction to pornography is agreed upon to be a problem, then
geek porn-addicts who attempt to justify their addiction are lying to themselves. There
are many geeks who fall under this category, which is likely to consume the majority of
geek porn-addicts, due to the fact that it is much easier to deny than to change.

Many porn-addicted geeks who are in denial of their problem spend significant, often vast
amounts of time browsing and communicating through forums that exist solely as a means of
trading and discussing porn. These forums vary in content from hardcore porn to clothed
celebrities, which most would not even consider to be porn. These "soft-core" forums,
however, are an addiction for many geeks, and therefore fall into much the same category
as the hardcore porn forums.
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