Pornography as creative industry

McKee, Alan (2014) Pornography as creative industry. In Gray, Jonathan (Ed.) Proceedings of International Communication Association Annual Conference, International Communication Association, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, Washington. (In Press)


Much academic writing on pornography focuses on the genre’s exceptionalism (the ways in which it is different from other forms of culture). This paper rather focuses on its typicality as a Creative Industry. As with other Creative Industries, in the production and distribution of pornography it is producers who make most money. While a small number of on-camera performers become wealthy and powerful the majority lack creative control and are poorly paid. The careers of performers are typically short examples of “nomadic labour”. Many creative workers are involved in the production of pornography apart those in front of the camera, and the skills of these behind-the-camera creatives can be transferable across sectors. Like other Creative Industries, the pornography business is facing challenges from increased digitalization and globalization; and like other Creative Industries the solutions to these challenges lie in branding, niche marketing, and exploiting new technological possibilities.

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ID Code: 66360
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: pornography, creative industries, creative labour/labor
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2014 01:34
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2014 03:42

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