LIONEL PODCAST: Porn Free and the Dearth and Death of Commercial Filth

 

Topics covered inter alia. Contained herein you will here the following.

  • The proliferation and epidemic of those in charge suffering from the medial term, ahem: Completely full of Scheiße. People in all walks of life entrusted with responsibilities they have no abilities at whatsoever.
  • Intelligence. What is it? And what isn’t it?
  • The role of incredulity and skepticism.
  • The end of porn and how the internet may have killed it. The monetization of free and gratis.
  • The role of the cortex (brain cortex, that is) in sexual ideation and mentation.
  • When virtual porn and CGI obscure the lines of the verboten.
  • The thought police coming soon to an idea near you.

You think the thought police is hyperbole, don’t you? Be honest. Try this on for size.

A note on societal self-respect and protocol. In recent memory, I have never felt the need to address the necessity for manners and etiquette. Until now.

The essence of courtesy and etiquette is most simple. It’s a social contract that we voluntarily and mutually and singularly agree to abide by for no particular reason other than we want to. It also involves the understanding that we’re not necessarily the center of the universe, that we share environments and seek to just get along and not intrude on our co-Earthlings.

Living in New York, compressed and contained in many a tight squeeze, we actually accord each other with many courtesies. Except on subways where the goddamned Sherpa-like and lawn mower size backpack totin’ Boeotian insists on inconveniencing me and my fellow train travelers with their carry-ons. I can’t adequately explicate how I loathe these people. Detest, abhor, name it. They are a waste of flesh and I can’t believe we share DNA.

It’s the same group of folks who storm a train without letting passengers out first. Or dog lovers who insist on bringing their pooch into a bank or a store. And let me say something about dog lovers. I love dogs. Well, maybe not love. I can take them or leave them. But when folks live vicariously through their pets and use them as social lightning rods for conversation, this is a pathology. But I digress.

And nothing potentiates rudeness more than modern gizmos and devices. It’s reconnected hominids within the screen. Within the device itself and apart and away from reality. So if it doesn’t appear on a monitor or handheld device, if doesn’t exist. Period. And whilst we are cavorting in our device worlds we’re untethered and disconnected from others. And that’s why we don’t care the least about others. Or their inconvenience or pain of discomfort.

But fear not. The good part about not caring about others is not caring about others. Which brings us back to where we started.

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