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"That's right; in a year when less than half of American households even had Internet access, there was already a fetish comic starring animals."

"Any emergent technology succeeds if it provides new ways to rub one out—"
Fulvio Morsellanote , Punisher War Journal #1

"I guarantee that if a guy invents invisibility at midday, he'll be in the ladies' showers at the local leisure centre by one o' clock."
Craig Charles

"Like nearly every other device capable of displaying an image, the slide projector was used for naughty pictures. The slide projector."
James Lileks, Stagworld

"Based on my Tripod experience, I’d offer the hypothesis that any sufficiently advanced read/write technology will get used for two purposes: pornography and activism. Porn is a weak test for the success of participatory media - it’s like tapping a mike and asking, “Is it on?” If you’re not getting porn in your system, it doesn’t work. Activism is a stronger test - if activists are using your tools, it’s a pretty good indication that your tools are useful and usable."
Ethan Zuckerman, The Cute Cat Theory of Digital Activism

"Neil Armstrong once told me that most giant steps forward humanity had taken were driven by the wish to look at other people with no clothes on".
Neil Gaiman, on why his wife got a Tumblr account.

"No matter the century, one of the first things people wonder about new technology is 'Can I have sex with it?'"

"When man invented fire, he didn't say 'Hey, let's cook!' He said 'Great! Now we can see naked bottoms in the dark!' As soon as Caxton had invented the printing press, we using it to make pictures of, hey! Naked bottoms! We have turned the internet into an enormous international database of naked bottoms. So you see, the story of male achievement through the ages, feeble though it may have been, has been a story of our struggle to get a better look at your bottoms."
Steve Taylor, Coupling


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