"We were staying in French chateaus . . . "
OK, not everybody. I know Serafina and I keep one active subscription at a Kink.com site like Wired Pussy or The Upper Floor (both of which have been reviewed here). We figure it's better entertainment than what's on cable TV most days.
But still, examples like Samadhi House aside, we're being told more and more these days that changes in consumer behavior are impacting the industry for adult entertainment. The latest news comes from a media bastion of libertarianism Salon.com, who at the start of this month posted a story called End of the porn golden age.
I was very much struck by quotes like the story's tag line:
When I entered the industry, we were staying in French chateaus. Now, companies are struggling to stay alive.
At age 48, I've already started passing from the good old days into the golden years myself. So, I can commiserate with a porn industry that is going through a sort of middle age crisis, realizing it's best years are probably behind.
All joking aside, fairly casual pornography consumers like myself (I can name all of three or four individuals working in the adult entertainment industry - last year that number was zero) might be a little concerned that the one area of the industry that's profitable are webcams.
Unlike traditional porn, live webcam shows haven’t been hurt by piracy. The live shows’ appeal rests as much on interaction between the performer and the audience as it does the video feed. A pirated live show is as exciting as a pinned butterfly.
I'm sorry, but the entire concept of webcam shows is less exciting to me than a pinned butterfly. I've never attended a live peep show either, for what that's worth.
Of course, I went to the occasional strip club with friends back in the 1980's. At the time, it was a right of passage, even if the whole thing seemed a little tired and sad.
That's how I'm feeling again, tired and sad. At least that's how I feel these days when it comes to most adult entertainment I encounter.