"Real Sex Tantalizes as Processed Porn Gets Boring," promised the Wired headline a good friend sent me this weekend. I'm vain — I thought it might be about me and Valleywag's new coverage. Or at least about some other people who've put aside porn for in-person pussy. Of course not. The article was about less-processed porn.
There's a formula for this sort of safe writing about "sex" rather than sex. Can you spot it in the Wired piece?
- The bait: Your desire for real, live sex.
- The switch: Porn, so you can fap to your monitor.
- The business model: An article headlined "Real sex tantalizes" turns out to be about new and improved porn, and carries an ad for a 65" plasma screen.