The Porn Generation


#1

I was reading the comments over at Digg.com today on a story that claims the US gov’t is trying to put the online porn business out of business (link to the comments )

If you read the comments you will see over and over and over again comments from people that say “I love porn!” Now this unfortunately is not a shock for me to hear. As someone who works on the Internet for a living, I am finding that people are more and more open about their love for porn and more willing to share it with other people. It is almost becomming a casual pleasure within social circles.

I started wondering about this this morning and how this is going to effect the next generation of parents. The people who are so open about porn are typically under 30 years old (many in their teens) and are evidently very impressionable. Not only has the Internet allowed for the proliferation of porn, it is making it an acceptable form of entertainment.

I have not heard much in Catholic circles on how the church can combat this growing trend. Well, actually, I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how bad porn is, but I have not heard anything addressing the acceptability among youth that people naturally look at porn.

I’d be interested in others thoughts on this topic.


#2

[quote=mdaoust]I was reading the comments over at Digg.com today on a story that claims the US gov’t is trying to put the online porn business out of business (link to the comments )

If you read the comments you will see over and over and over again comments from people that say “I love porn!” Now this unfortunately is not a shock for me to hear. As someone who works on the Internet for a living, I am finding that people are more and more open about their love for porn and more willing to share it with other people. It is almost becomming a casual pleasure within social circles.

I started wondering about this this morning and how this is going to effect the next generation of parents. The people who are so open about porn are typically under 30 years old (many in their teens) and are evidently very impressionable. Not only has the Internet allowed for the proliferation of porn, it is making it an acceptable form of entertainment.

I have not heard much in Catholic circles on how the church can combat this growing trend. Well, actually, I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how bad porn is, but I have not heard anything addressing the acceptability among youth that people naturally look at porn.

I’d be interested in others thoughts on this topic.
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I perused the comment website; ugh. Disgusting comments. It’s amazing that we’re so steeped in the porn culture that it is now an “acceptable part of life.” It’s a tough addiction to break, and it seems as though many have no interest in trying to do just that.

CathChemNerd


#3

I actually saw that on the oprah winfrey Show they hada kid on there who was using his vast internet porn empire records to help the govt track down some of these pedephiles. read the show summary from two days ago at www.oprah.com I found it very interesting. Ithink that the govt thinks, if its adult porn, its none of our business, but if its child porn, then they do something about it. The problem is that kiddie porn is such a huge problem, I don’t that there is enough man power to even address the problems of “regular” porn. So maybe that it why they are ignoring it.


#4

[quote=CathChemNerd]I perused the comment website; ugh. Disgusting comments. It’s amazing that we’re so steeped in the porn culture that it is now an “acceptable part of life.” It’s a tough addiction to break, and it seems as though many have no interest in trying to do just that.

CathChemNerd
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Well why would they have an interest in breaking out of the habit? To them it is completely and totally acceptable. Soon, it will seem unthinkable to hear a person criticize porn!


#5

[quote=mdaoust]I have not heard much in Catholic circles on how the church can combat this growing trend. Well, actually, I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how bad porn is, but I have not heard anything addressing the acceptability among youth that people naturally look at porn.

I’d be interested in others thoughts on this topic.
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I don’t know much about it, but our archbishop has formed a task force against pornography in our diocese. I’m interested to see what direction they move in and how they go about attacking this evil. I’m not aware if other dioceses have done the same or not - I’m in the archdiocese of Kansas City in KS.


#6

Our pastor doesn’t have a task force or anything, but he does bring it up on homilies, how often that sin is confessed to him and what a big problem it is. He has written countless warning about internet access and video phones for parents of teens in our parish bulletin. It is so unfortunate that we have to deal with this stuff.


#7

Here is another linke to the Oprah Winfrey show on the teen who became essentially a porn star from his own bedroom without his parents ever knowing: oprah.com/tows/slide/200602/20060215/slide_20060215_284_101.jhtml


#8

[quote=JimG]Here is another linke to the Oprah Winfrey show on the teen who became essentially a porn star from his own bedroom without his parents ever knowing: oprah.com/tows/slide/200602/20060215/slide_20060215_284_101.jhtml
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Thats the one! Thanks --Rebecca


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