A Hyper-Link Network Analysis of the UK Porn Industry

Other on-going research…

ABSTRACT

The Internet is optimistically regarded as a force for democracy and at the same time another mechanism by which the poor and weak become further disempowered (Calhoun, 1998). Computer mediated communication enhances the current power structures while reinforcing the exploitation of those who are most vulnerable. By recognising the dominance of online pornography, Internet Service Providers and the communications industry are willing to accept the profits generated in working with the porn industry while ignoring the price being paid by the most visible, and yet voiceless agents. In doing so the internet is awash with easily accessible pornographic imagery with mobile phones viewed as an even bigger market. With the demand for such material being the driving force for broadband usage and with the expansion of the use of mobile phones for downloading videos, I will ask ‘which United Kingdom companies are the keyplayers?’ Are there structural holes within the networks, ensuring ‘deniability’ for the larger industrial players? I target online websites of the ‘adult entertainment’ industry in the UK using hyper-link analysis in order to extract the social network. This then enables me to conduct social network analysis uncovering the keyplayers of the UK porn industry with higher levels of ‘closeness centrality’ and ‘betweenness centrality’ (Nooy et al., 2005). Closeness centrality and betweenness centrality are regarded as measures of power within a given network. This study of the UK porn industry will then be compared with other ‘adult entertainment’ providers in the United States, Brazil, the Netherlands and Australia. It is an exploratory analysis of the dominant players shaping the UK porn industry, searching for tentative links between the providers and the industrial players that have enabled the distribution of the material via the Internet and mobile phones.

 

UK Porn Distribution Network – Initial Crawl 1189 nodes [July 2008]

 

 

SVG Image of the same UK porn network…

 

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