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The Erotic Engine: How Pornography has Powered Mass Communication, from Gutenberg to Google Paperback – June 21, 2011
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-- Josey Vogels, sex and relationships columnist and author of Bedside Manners: Sex Etiquette Made Easy
"With an argument rich in fascinating stories and compelling characters, Patchen Barss proves this page-turner's startling thesis: pornography inspires advanced forms of communication. The Erotic Engine is enlightening, entertaining, and intellectually titillating."
--Micah Toub, author of Growing Up Jung: Coming of Age as the Son of Two Shrinks
About the Author
PATCHEN BARSS is Director, Communications and Media Relations, with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. As a journalist he has written about science and the humanities in higher education for more than a decade. His
articles have appeared in the National Post, the Montreal Gazette, Reader's Digest, Saturday Night, This Magazine, and many other publications. He has been a technology and culture columnist for CBC Online and a producer for CBC Television.
Top Customer Reviews
It is hard to argue with his research - he seems to have spoken to everyone who needs to be spoken to, read everything that needs to be read and contemplated all that needs contemplating. However there are some questions that I feel he doesn't address adequately.
There is no doubt that porn makers are early adapters when it comes to new communication technologies, but so to are the military and fast food companies as Peter Nowak argues in Sex, Bombs and Burgers. And there is a difference between being an early adapter and being the sustaining force behind technological revolution. Doubtlessly porn has assisted in the uptake of mass communication technology, but is it the powerhouse behind reform or merely one of many reinforcing factors?
I think the case for porn's critical role is a bit overstated, but that doesn't take away from the quality of this well written and well researched book. My only advice is that if you read it on a bus on the way to work try and avoid having an elderly woman sitting next to you tut-tutting about the books title!