CEO Larry Page wants to found a new nation where the Internet giant would set all the rules; even during consensual sexual acts, extreme pornography may be pushing the limits of morality; meanwhile, what was Harvard thinking when it gave Heritage Foundation former analyst Jason Richwine a Ph.D. for his racist dissertation? These discoveries and more below.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.
The Ethics of Extreme Porn: Is Some Sex Wrong Even Among Consenting Adults?
In “What Do You Desire?” Emily Witt travels to San Francisco, attends a shoot for a pornographic video about “women bound, stripped, and punished in public,” reflects on her own unsuccessful search for romantic love, and ponders the implications of a sexual culture where no desire is considered off-limits so long as all participants give their consent.
Obama Speaks Of ‘Going Bulworth’ In Second Term
The New York Times reported that President Barack Obama has spoken privately of “going Bulworth,” a reference to the 1998 Warren Beatty movie about a California Senate candidate who becomes unusually honest after having run as a centrist Democrat.