As part of my degree, we looked briefly at some areas of the history of the Internet. One story we looked that in a relative amount of detail was the story of the domain name sex.com. It’s story is one of extortion, misrepresentation, bribery, blackmail and all sorts of brilliant things to do with people being genuinely nasty to one another in persuit of cash. It’s the sort of thing you’d see in Grand Theft Auto, that you’d thought you’d never see in real life. In an extra lecture I attended, we watched a documentary (which was completely clean) explaining the history, the legal battles and the outcome surrounding the domain name. It was genuinely fascinating.
So imagine my suprise when it said in the listings it was on late night Channel 5, tonight. However, they have tarted it up though, to appeal to a….ahem….wider audience.
I mean, why? Why do they have to spoil a perfectly good documentary (assuming it’s the same one), with porn? Just because we’re geeks, does that make us perverts?