Erotica is something that has been associated with material culture since the beginnings of mans ability to communicate through pictures. Recently though the line has been blurred and pornography has begun to take its place at the forefront of the sexual culture and in doing so has begun to spiral out on control in the social world. Erotica was always considered to be tasteful and was associated with rejuvenation and fertility whereas pornography is considered to be of the writing of prostitutes. Ancient ways in which to help make yourself a better person as a whole has been stripped down and used only for the sexual commonplace that is shown in the readings, the best example of this is the Kama Sutra. This book was supposed to show how an ideal man would live his life and love making was a small part of the overall whole outlook toward a better life. Pornography as a whole is making a mockery on a larger scale of what has already been done to the Kama Sutra, inadequacies and played on, beautiful people are unattainable and negative social and religious standpoints come hand in hand to deal with the product. The only positives are the economic gains that are made, but these are all at the cost of possibly creating people who are overly aggressive in their sexual behaviour, lose control of their reality because of an addiction to pornography and with that in mind begin to feel inferior because of the polished models that are on display every time they view pornography.
Erotica, as mentioned, was the true birthplace for what is modern pornography. Dating back to Pompeii there has been pictures of erotica, but this trend was a common through history on nearly every front of society. The rebirth was necessary in order to help promote the growth of society and everything contained within. From the 16th to 19th century with writing becoming more abundant among the people there began the spread of erotic writing, there was no longer simple basic use for pictures of eroticism, but the writing was the first indication that there was a lead change happening in practical use, to pleasurable use. The first film that was truly designated pornographic was a German film in 1910 called Am Abend but this was still very low scale during the time period. What is modernly called pornography began in large scale print during the 1950's with the beginnings of Playboy and Penthouse magazine, and on film began on a large scale level during the 1970's. Both of these items were modern twists but most importantly is that they were both new innovations in American culture as well. What was once predominantly an old world tradition began taking shape in a completely new and modern way in the new world. Pornography as we know it today, was born in America and continues to thrive thanks to multimedia within the country that allows it to be spread all over the world.
The multimedia which is used to help promote the spread of pornography throughout the world is another important factor that is often overlooked but now with the increased usage of the internet and the readily available product all over the world wide web it is hard to ignore the impact that pornography truly does have throughout the world. There are some people who believe that Sony's Betamax eventually lost to the VHS format because people who were making pornography films chose to use the VHS. There may have been other factors involved in the final decision with regard to movie storage but with this being a billion-dollar industry anything is possible to help sway the tide of technology. The latest developments that are helping to make the product more accessible to the public though is the use of the internet which can now allow people from Amsterdam to communicate in real time with those in Australia. This is bringing the world together but is also allowing the spread of pornography to happen virtually instantaneously and with that comes the moral dilemmas...
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