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Sunday, November 13, 2005

The Ideal Business Model:
on-line pornography

from former student, Paul Kedrosky:
I think that a valuable startup exercise would be to do a wholesale survey of all emerging technology in the promotion, selling, and distribution of online porn, and then ask yourself which of those technologies and/or approaches could show up first and most compellingly in broader markets. When you think you’ve got it kinda figured out, launch a company around it for non-porn markets.
If the artsy subjects can dress up porn and shroud it in some academic garb, why not the biz skools, too? See this (reg. req'd for the full article):

At Wesleyan University, "grade inflation" has taken on a whole new meaning: One student earned an "A" — for filming another student masturbating.

In his seminar "Pornography: Writing of Prostitutes," Professor Hope Weissman requires students to create their own pornography project, either video, essay or live project. "I don't put any constraints on it," said Weissman. "It's supposed to be: 'Just create your own work of pornography.' "

Wesleyan University is not alone. UC-Berkeley, New York University, UC-Santa Cruz, UMass-Amherst, Chapman University and Northwestern University have all developed "porn curricula." At Arizona State University, a "Sexuality in the Media" course requires students to watch porn flicks such as "Deep Throat."

What should be on the reading list if I were to propose a course on "The economics of pornography"?
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