Not that we totally dig Rotten.com. There are only so many pictures of dead people and bizarre sex acts you can see before it’s like, okay, we’ve been exploring the darker side of the human experience for years now — the Georges Bataille twisties of the mind and psyche — but have we learned anything yet?
But as blechy as Rotten.com sometimes is, the US media is often just as bad in the other direction. And what happened tonight? This did.
(Pretty much work-safe, by the way.)
Surprise-o! Must have missed that debate in the press. Of course, I wouldn’t claim anything close to press omniscience, but it’s interesting to note that as usual, the pix of gross human corpses are unaffected, while the ones of alive, naked people are subject to criminal prosecution. It’s certainly a story that one could run with, as with the months-long press uproar over the Meese Commission, if one had a mind to.
Truly, the Internet could stand fewer pictures of naked people (and better-quality ones, for that matter). But if only professional, industry porn is now to be legal (!?), then another Fun Fact gleaned tonight — not checked yet, but passed on as recieved — makes one scratch one’s head a bit: General Motors and AT&T, through ownership of cable companies and other interlocking interests, seem to take 80% of the profits from the American porn industry.
Which somehow seems obliquely to touch a finger to Mary Carey and the Bush Bangeroo of the past couple weeks, but in what way I don’t have the vaguest whatsis. You just get that familiar, Bush Presidency feeling of tanks rumbling into formation in the distance — of Something being Up, except you won’t know what it is until the battalions are in place and the air support is droning overhead with bomb racks laden.