Internet Pornography: Another Step towards Proletarianization

By Marcus Breen.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Within the current period of shifting international trade, sexuality has been “globalized” in new ways. Rather than working with the generalization that characterizes globalization in line with the somewhat predictable binaries of the WTO/US market opening hegemonic model versus the anti-hegemonic opponents of this same capitalist enterprise, sex as presented in pornography on the World Wide Web offers a counterintuitive way of thinking about globalization. Internet pornography presents a system of unintended consequences. That is, it offers a site where the full investigations of human ambition, desire and degradation are represented and played out, offering the voiceless and the powerless a vehicle for creating and extending the public sphere. The absence of constraints – moral, ethical and structured media ones – makes it possible for desktop consumers to see and hear images that were previously private as well as geographically and technically constrained. The absence of constraints marks proletarianization and with it the emergence of a new social movement.

Keywords: Pornography, Internet, Proletarianization

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp.91-98. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 503.597KB).

Dr. Marcus Breen

Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Northeastern University, USA

Marcus Breen (Ph.D., 1997, Victoria University of Technology, Melbourne) is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, Northeastern University, Boston. His interests include media and cultural studies and the political economy of international business and social and economic development through Information and Communication Technologies. He is the editor of Our Place Our Music: Aboriginal Music. Australian Popular Music in Perspective, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, (1989) and Rock Dogs: Politics and the Australian Music Industry, Pluto Press, Sydney (1999, University Press of America, 2006). His published research has appeared in journals such as Cultural Studies, Cultural Studies Review, Ethicomp, Computer Mediated Communication and as book chapters.

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