[Stat] Online porn market is upward of $1 billion

Here’s the latest generation of articles discussing how porn ushers in media technology.

“It’s not necessarily that the porn industry comes up with the ideas, but there’s a huge difference in any technology between the idea and the successful application,” said Jonathan Coopersmith, a professor at Texas A&M University who teaches the history of technology.

via In the tech world, porn quietly leads the way – CNN.com.

Of course, you can’t write this article without mentioning the VCR:

“The classic example is the VCR,” said Oliver Marc Hartwich, an economist and senior fellow with Centre for Independent Studies, a conservative Australian think tank. “When it was introduced, Hollywood was nervous because the big studios feared piracy. They were even considering suing the VCR producers.

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