The Problem of Internet Pornography Essay

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The Problem of Internet Porn

This essay will explore the extent of the pornography problem on the Internet, and why they are not as confident under Bush as they were under Clinton.

It's one of the hottest industries in America. Yahoo! has profited from it. It's Internet pornography. And with the growth of the Internet, business is booming. But the leaders of the adult entertainment industry are worried. They see the election of George W. Bush and his appointment of Attorney General John Ashcroft as a signal that there may be renewed interest in mounting obscenity prosecutions.

What are the forces behind the recent explosion of sexually explicit material available on the Internet? Through interviews with adult
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According to Flynt, his company -- a conglomerate which includes Internet sites -- is worth $400 million. Danni's Hard Drive proprietor Danni Ashe, a former exotic dancer turned dot-com millionaire and CEO, is earning over $5 million per year.

While most Americans decry the avalanche of sexually explicit material, the profits speak for themselves. The range of pornography now available -- from soft porn "couples" entertainment to the most extreme of hardcore pornography - is astounding. Why are large numbers of Americans finding something alluring in the adult entertainment arenas of the Internet? Both Flynt and Ashe credit the 1990s explosion of adult material to the ease of viewing and ordering porn from the Internet. Equally important, they say, was the Clinton administration's relaxed attitude toward pornography. Some former Justice Department officials, like Bruce Taylor, say that corporate America felt it was safe to enter the profitable porn market.(Taylor)

"Companies like AT&T bought up a cable company, signed contracts with the Hot Network, which is a hardcore pornographic site," says Patrick Trueman, former head of the Justice Department's obscenity section in the Reagan and Bush administrations.(Yahoo) Trueman now represents the American Family Association, a nonprofit organization promoting traditional family values. "Other mainstream companies thought, 'We can do this, too,'" he says. "And why not?

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