Strip-Teasing COVID-19 Porn: A promising silhouette of a community, or the dark alley of a platformized industry?

BELINSKAYA, Yulia and RODRIGUEZ-AMAT, Joan (2021). Strip-Teasing COVID-19 Porn: A promising silhouette of a community, or the dark alley of a platformized industry? First Monday.

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    Abstract

    Governments’ domestic lockdown measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 during 2020 altered the patterns of media consumption, and massively boosted the traffic on video-streaming services including porn sites. This research explores the impact of COVID-19 on PornHub in three ways: the video content, the conditions of production, and the related users' activity. The analysis of a sample of 286 videos within a cluster of thematically relevant tags shows that what appears to be an emerging genre of COVID-19 porn is only a reshuffle of previously consolidated genres that constitute its symbolic background. The analysis also shows that among the explicit sexual practices, some videos include pedagogical and humoristic insights. These apparently off-topic videos show societal and awareness-raising purposes. This article argues that the capacities of the PornHub interface enable social interactions that transcend the strictly sexual encounter, thus showing a form of social community of practice.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: 0806 Information Systems; 0807 Library and Information Studies; 2001 Communication and Media Studies; Information & Library Sciences
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2021 14:58
    Last Modified: 10 Feb 2021 15:00
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28126

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