508 #22: Broken souls

posted by Mike on February 15th, 2008

508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s panelists are Brendan Melican and Bruce Russell.

The train schedule has changed; there will soon be a Worcester Green-Rainbow Party City Committee; the “connections exceeded” error on the City’s website is caused by turning off cookies in your browser; Brendan responds to Clive McFarlane’s column about strip club zoning; Mike invites you to add to How To Attend A City Council Meeting; Anthony Hmura has an amazing blog post about running into Cha-Cha at an ATM; Mike contrasts hunger strikes with Gandhian fasts; Mike connects his thoughts on the Telegram & Gazette with Bruce Sterling’s thoughts on broadcast TV.

Brendan: “Little cities like Worcester that are so homogenous, and so closeted, in its activities, that we are able to do things that are essentially illegal just a hair below the surface and nobody minds–this is the stripper factory. This is where all the broken souls come from. So for all the politicians that really think they’re on some sort of moral crusade, look at your peers . . . .”

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Vaguely related: Vegan strip club perpetuates objectifying mindset

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  1. On February 22, 2008 at 15:28 Mauro said:

    Very slightly related to lost souls this may be of remote interest:

    Source: Video on the Internet: The Content Question By Jeffrey A. Hart Department of Political Science Woodburn Hall 210 Bloomington, IN

    “Revenues for the global pornography industry in 2006 were just short of $100 billion, up from $57 billion in 2003. China was the number one revenue earner with $27.4 billion; the U.S. was fourth with $13.3 billion. U.S. Internet pornography revenues were $2.84 billion in 2006. A high proportion of Internet pornography revenues come from the rental or sale of online digital video content. 28,000 Internet users per second are viewing pornography on average and 372 are entering adult content search terms into search engines. Porn viewers tend to be higher income individuals, 35 percent of whom earn $75,000 or more annually. U.S. firms lead the world in producing pornographic video content and U.S. nodes host the most pornographic web pages: 244 million of them.”

    Talking about peers?

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