Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Zack and Miri Make a Porno – History of YouPorn - Esquire

Anyone who's spent any appreciable amount of alone time in front of a computer lately knows that the culture of instant accreditation, in which a million blog posts are added to the Internet each day and everybody is a mouse click away from becoming somebody, has infiltrated the world of smut. Just as so many aspiring Spielbergs dish their chop suey on YouTube and would-be Basquiats splay their wares in cyber galleries, Americans are no longer content to leave the business of porn to the professionals. Ever larger numbers of ugly people are setting up poor-quality cameras to film themselves in unimaginative positions for the benefit of all mankind, with Kevin Smith taking a front seat in his latest, "Zack and Miri Make a Porno." The title more or less sums up the plot, but Smith's aspirations are higher: He's trying to make an "Uncle Buck" for 2008--a middle-of-the-road comedy that defines the figure of the crass-but-ultimately-decent schlub for a generation. While Uncle Buck drove a Mercury Marquis and hit golf balls at teenagers, Zack produces and stars in his own adult films. That's what regular guys do now--even as porn increasingly loses its share of Internet traffic, DIY porn sites like YouPorn and RedTube have shown an annual percentage increase in the thousands. The desire to videotape and share every last detail of ourselves has spread to our sex lives. Pornography, like every other type of expression available in contemporary life, has been democratized.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno – History of YouPorn - Esquire
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