Porn Industry Getting a Free Pass?

I’ve spent some time trying to research various aspects of the global pornography industry, but have managed to learn very little about it. Most statistics published are either unsourced, or very outdated.

A page on TopTenReviews.com (Internet Pornography Statistics), for example, falsely claims to offer porn stats up to this year, but simply features a collection of stale data that seems to have been lifted from a second web site (Pornography Statistics), Family Safe Media, a reseller of “parental control solutions.” Family Safe Media lists their sources, but states” “Statistics are compiled from the credible sources mentioned. In reality, statistics are hard to ascertain and may be estimated by local and regional worldwide sources.”

The only real research into porn seems to be performed by a UK-based firm called Juniper Research, in a category they term, “Adult Content.” Not even Neilsen in North America is performing any analysis on the porn industry, despite the fact it clearly represents a considerable sliver of the media consumption pie.

All this leads me to wonder: has the porn industry been granted a free pass? Who is monitoring its progress, its content, and its influence, in North America? Is anyone evaluating its economic, social, and cultural impact? From what I can see, porn exists among us as a force we all like to turn away from, almost fearful of its prurience; or is it more that we have accepted porn as a core value of contemporary society?

2 thoughts on “Porn Industry Getting a Free Pass?

  1. Just to let you know if you’re interested, CNBC’s original documentary: “Porn: Business of Pleasure,” is premiering on Wednesday, July 15th, at 9pm EST on CNBC.
    CNBC’s Melissa Lee, goes inside the $13-billion adult entertainment industry. There’s big money in adult pornography but as porn enters the mainstream, its taboo-part of what has made it so alluring to the consumer, and profitable for the industry, may be fading at a time when the porn industry is struggling.
    Porn profits are under assault. Piracy and a weak economy have decimated DVD sales- down 40% in the last year. In fact, it’s just another branch of the publishing industry, facing the same hurtles as books, magazines, and “old media.”
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