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He described this user-generated pornography as a cornerstone of new, interactive technology: All of this points to some of the claims which people have made about web 2.0: that it will result in a diversification of the culture as more people share content, that it will enable people to feel more personal stakes in the culture that they consume, and that it will add an important social dimension to the circulation of media content.
Once again, using porn as a base line, we can see how shifts in media impact the culture that surrounds us.
In this paper, I examine Web Sex Chats in order to show a tension evident in online pornography: namely, that as users participate in the construction of their own sex show, they become part of the sex text itself (see Kibby and Costello, 2001); but at the same time the “sex” that is constructed remains a highly procedural, almost mechanized, show of sexuality.
Indeed, with new technological developments happening in the development of the web, it becomes crucial to understand contemporary issues in this most popular of media.At the same time, the technology of the Web Sex Chat offers an interesting take on what Jenkins (2006a) called a “participatory culture,” or one in which audience members have a say not only in what occurs on-screen, but also within the construction of the text itself.Namely, by subverting the active participation of consumers through technology advancement, WSCs force a particular usage of the sexual text and technology.As I will show, by utilizing the inherent capabilities of “web 2.0” user-generated content, the producers of online pornography can harness the work of these users for their own economic ends.
Although up-to-the-minute statistics are difficult to come by, there is no doubt that online pornography is an immense industry.Author’s Note: A version of this paper was presented at the 2010 Popular Culture Association conference in St.