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Do They Count Porn in Trade Deficits?

March 14th, 2007

I am not all that certain about the source, but the claim is quite interesting: that online porn garnered $97 billion in revenue last year. Apparently, the United States is the leading producer, but is not the leading consumer: Asia supposedly accounts for the top three customers–China, South Korea, and Japan–buying $71.3 billion’s worth, or 75% of all porn bought online. America comes in a distant fourth, buying a paltry $13.3 billion. “Every second $3,075.64 is spent on pornography, 28,258 Internet users view pornography and 372 Internet users type adult search terms into search engines,” and the total revenue from porn is greater than that produced by Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix and EarthLink combined.

I read about this on IMDB’s Studio Briefing, but am very dubious of the report. It comes as a press release from a commercial web site that reviews and sells products, and which promotes itself shamelessly in the press release. Undoubtedly they were counting on the outrageous nature of the report to get a lot of free publicity and links into their site (which is why I will not link to them or any site which does so). Ergo, one should treat the “facts” in the report with great suspicion.

In the meantime, maybe I should put that new video camera to good use… $97 billion, eh?

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  1. Paul
    March 14th, 2007 at 18:27 | #1

    I’d make some porn and sell it, but even the “long tail” theory of economics probably doesn’t mean I’d make any money.

    The market for “extremely pasty out-of-shape white guys who make a really funny face when they reach orgasm” is probably not a biggie in the porn world.

    Actually, maybe that WOULD be a good porn video- “orgasm faces”. You could show a collage of many different people’s face at that crucial moment…

    Okay, maybe it’s late and I need to be in bed. Camera-free.

    Seattle, WA

  2. March 15th, 2007 at 00:54 | #2

    in Washington…

    Is Paul Allen of Microsoft pondering making porn again?!?

    All humor aside… is it any wonder every nubile woman with a webcam has a website nowadays? Heck, if *I* was a young nubile woman, I’d have one!

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