How Sex Changed the Internet, and the Internet Changed Sex
The prevailing, rapidly accelerating narrative of sex on the internet is one of control: who has it, over whom, and to what ends. Do we control our own sexual desires and tastes? What about our freedom of sexual speech? Do we even own our own faces?
Much has been written on how sex sells, online and off. Even more’s been said about the explosion of technology in the last 20 years, and how Silicon Valley’s changed almost everything about our lives. But how has the world’s oldest pastime—sex—and its newest revelation—the internet—worked to shape each other into the world we see today?
Control Shift: How Sex Changed the Internet, and the Internet Changed Sex is an illustrated collection of essays that chronicle the ways life online has altered how we do it IRL, from a variety of social, technological, and cultural perspectives throughout history.