- Tapa blanda: 420 páginas
- Editor: Serpent's Tail; Edición: New edition (14 de octubre de 1999)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1852427205
- ISBN-13: 978-1852427207
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Pornocopia: Porn, Sex, Technology and Desire (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 14 oct 1999
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Pornocopia is a fascinating guide to that overlit amusement park called commercial sex...Laurence O'Toole skilfully defuses all our anxieties in this thoughtful and provocative book (JG Ballard)
Packed with revelations about the porn industry... intelligent and humane (Sunday Times)
An excellent history of mass-market hardcore porn from the Sixties to the Nineties (GQ)
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During a period of enormous public interest in porn and censorship, Pornocopia's lucid mix of reportage and critical analysis has made it the definitive text on the subject. This new edition considers the increasing sexualisation of mainstream culture and contrasts the growing acceptability of porn in the USA with the censorious New Labour era in Britain. Including numerous interviews with porn figures like Paul Thomas, John 'Buttman' Stagliano, Juli Ashton and Chasey Lain, porn activists and the police, Pornocopia is also unique in being the first ever book to consider the role of the porn viewer, including cyberlovers sharing their intimate porn moments with the reader.Ver Descripción del producto
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however, there's something odd about this book ... it's tone constantly moves between being an academic text (there are thorough footnotes and o'toole references many well-known texts about pornography) and being exceedingly casual. it's hard to know exactly where o'toole is coming from. also, a lot of the ground he covers in this book is covered better by other writers. he spends a lot of time discussing the history of pornography -- linda williams does this brilliantly in her book hard core: power, pleasure, and the frenzy of the visible. (he does cite her a lot). what's unique about o'toole's work, his examiniation of the way technology has shaped and impacted the porn industry, doesn't come until the end of the book.
i think this is an interesting book which provides some unique theorizing about porn -- but, i think if you're going to read one book about pornography, this shouldn't be it.
Laurence O'Toole is an unabashed porn consumer advocate. His goal, with "Pornocopia," is finally articulated in the closing words of the book: "Legal change is unlikely to come about...without a continued and far greater shift within the mainstream towards a brighter, more informed view on porn. Hopefully this book can feature as part of this cultural change" (p. 350). The "legal change" O'Toole seeks is an easing of restrictions on porn, especially in the United Kingdom...O'Toole imagines a world where reliable "mainstream" publications review porn so consumers can make better choices, where the law comes down on the side of the porn consumer rather than the anti-porn activists, and where the content of porn is debated for its potential to arouse rather than its moral implications...In trying to change culture, his enthusiasm damages his credibility. We get the point early on that he likes porn and doesn't think much of the arguments of porn's critics. He dismisses the traditional objections with this statement: "it is possible to expose the moraltarians' ideological position as unacceptable to most people...their doctrine is refutable if you decide that you don't want to live in a theocratic state..." (p. 26). That's about it for the "moraltarian" view (although he later addresses laws conceived of by such under-explored views). Instead of the addressing the traditionalist objections, O'Toole promises to focus on the objections of some feminists such as Andrea Dworkin and Catherine MacKinnon...O'Toole starts to with vigor, but then he trails off into a brief history of the porn industry...
The history is one of the strongest sections of the book. Here, basically factual information is conveyed in a linear narrative. The logical next chapter would have been about the state of the industry today, but instead O'Toole veers off again, this time with a chapter that gripes about the lack of an industry in Britain...O'Toole jumps between only two countries, the U.S. and the U.K. The U.S. story is interesting, the U.K. story is not. I'd imagine that even a British reader would share this opinion, because this is essentially the author's point. The problem is that too much time and attention is spent proving how boring porn in the U.K. is...
But the weakest chapter of "Pornocopia" is the one that actually is devoted to technology. Up until "The perils of cyberspace," O'Toole's approach was basically to argue that "it's not as bad as you think."...But by the time O'Toole gets to "cyberporn was not so `pervasive' or `ubiquitous' after all," (p. 248) everything that came before seems suspect...There is a lot of porn on line, and it is almost impossible to miss it. That fact does not imply the rightness or wrongness of the state of affairs, but any argument based on the opposite premise is very weak.
O'Toole's writing only gets weaker as the book draws to a close. What exactly he's trying to do is very unclear...The resulting "Vox"- lite is worse than you're imagining and what it is doing in the book is anyone's guess.
"Pornocopia" manages to make an inherently interesting topic very dull...O'Toole's position is not untenable. Far from it. He simply over-reaches, lets his enthusiasm get the better of his argument, and covers too many angles with too little depth.
The book doesn't assume that all porn users are perverts, nor does O'Toole look down his nose at porn. He considers all sides and presents it. He doesn't make judgements for the reader. He's giving them the benefit of the doubt for having a brain and making their own decisions. Bravo!!!