information on the documentary, porndemic: sex in the digital age
This is an excerpt from a Globe and Mail item on documentaries by television reviewer, Kate Taylor.
FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE OBSCENE TO THE OBSESSED
Globe and Mail
There are so many interesting docs on TV
tonight, it's hard to know where to begin.
Although much of this increasingly violent material is in contravention of Canadian and American obscenity laws, neither government has moved to prosecute Internet pornographers. The sense in the industry, and from a former Ontario prosecutor who says all enforcement efforts are focused on child porn, is that there is little point, as porn from Asia and Europe is just as plentiful and beyond the reach of North American agencies.
The pornographers boast of profits and scoff at regulation, but nobody here tries to argue this stuff is harmless. Porndemic assumes it is bad and offers as evidence an anonymous recovering addict from Vancouver, who says his habit, developed during a dateless youth, affected his ability to form relationships with real people and threatened his marriage. An Albertan researcher finds a majority of 14-year-old boys she polls have seen porn online, and a British psychologist warns we will produce a generation of broken and violent relationships.
Benger, perhaps in an attempt to end on a
more upbeat note, finally introduces us to the increasingly sophisticated
virtual worlds that would allow lovers to pursue long-distance relationships
through avatars, but it's hard to believe this is any kind of solution.
Indeed, viewers will probably agree with Hustler publisher Larry Flynt, who
argues the genie is out of the bottle and we will just have to live with
that. The only challenge to the laissez-faire attitude comes from people
concerned about children's access, ironically many of them in the porn
industry. At the very least, parents and schools could get working: Do we
know what our kids are watching?