Sixth Brown Bag of the Semester – October 11, 2013

Bryant Paul, Department of Telecommunications, Indiana University, Bloomington

An Expedition to Digital Gomorrah: Undertaking a Content Analysis of 6,500 Online Pornographic Videos

ABSTRACT: Interest in the potential social and psychological effects of Internet pornography continues to grow among both  academic researchers and the popular press. Interestingly however, little systematic analysis of exactly what is available for consumption has been undertaken.  Since the spring of this year, a team of coders has been analyzing thousands of videos from two of the most popular free sexually explicit content websites in the world.  This talk will describe various aspects of this work in progress, including why my team and I originally chose to take on the project, our development of the study codebook, the often awkward process of training the 30+ coders who have worked on the project so far, and my thoughts on the potential value of this study.

BIO: Dr. Paul is an Associate Professor in the Department of Telecommunications at Indiana University.  He is also an Affiliated Faculty Member with the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction as well IU’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion. His research and teaching interests include the nature and effects of sexual media messages and technology.  His work has appeared in journals including the Journal of Sex Research, Communication Research, Cyberpsychology and Behavior, Sexuality and Culture, and the International Journal of Sexual Health.

It was Irene van Driel’s turn to cater the seminar. Her Dutch pancakes inspired the following introduction by Paul Wright:

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