“Temptations Once Reserved for the Bold”

From “Virtue in Virtual Gomorrah” by Joe Carter at the First Things website.

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Although the practical effect will be negligible, the .XXX domain is a potent symbol and cultural marker for our present condition: Technology now allows the unadventurous to explore temptations once reserved for the bold, and to do so with minimal effort and almost no risk of exposure. Where once the curious had to travel to the seedy sections of the city or meet up with shady sleaze peddler, now they can stay safely in their home and just turn on a television or computer.

It’s a banal observation, but it has a radical implication. We become, and our culture becomes with us, more comfortable with pornography as those who normally would be least likely to seek it out find it easier to get.

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