THANK YOU, PORN INDUSTRY

Our family arrived late to advanced communication technology, and it is only in the past few days that we began video chatting. And we are happy. The world is good.

Somewhere, during my insomniac internet perambulations, I remember reading that the main thrust (pardon the pun) behind all these wonderful communication advances on the internet was the porn industry. Apparently, there is no driving invention force stronger than the powerful and insane desire of people to watch other people online doing things which conventionally, are considered extremely private.

Well, thanks to such conventional inhibitions, and thanks to the resulting intense desire of people to watch the unwatchable, I can now talk to my family and see them. and they can see me. And my children. And my children can see them. They will remember the faces, and the names will gain life and meaning. Here is one room, and there is is your grandfather sitting in his living room. And there is your grandmother. Oh modern miracle! The first moment my sister’s face flickered on screen, I felt much as Moses must have when the burning bush started stalking to him. Awe, wonder and intense joy. Disbelief, followed quickly by more disbelief at how we had been functioning for so long without video chatting. Followed by more intense disbelief at how boring family news can be. (” so your cousin’s back ache is much better, thank god, your aunt called last night and said he has had three sessions of massage and the doctor told him he can walk in the pool- walk, but not swim. his poor wife is distraught…”)

Thank you porn industry. Don’t men actually need to reach out and touch? Keep working at it. Soon, I fully expect my children to feel their grandparents hugging them. It can’t be far off now.

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2 comments

  1. UranusIsBlue

    Just stumbled upon this article during my insomniac internet perambulations (searching for porn).. I recalled an essay which lays bare open the importance of porn in the development of the interwebs http://www.law.indiana.edu/fclj/pubs/v49/no1/johnson.html

  2. thenewcomer

    Tha’s amazing! thanks for sharing!

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