In a sexually saturated universe like ours, where in some unconscious circles it's hip to do the porn thing, I'm feeling vindicated by the fact that Telus has dropped its dumb idea to deliver pornography to its phone users.
Don't be fooled into thinking that it's just a sign of the right wing's influence on corporate practices - their numbers are not big enough in themselves to make that kind of an impact. It's all about consumers of all kinds wondering, "What are they thinking?"
Not that we non-Bible-thumping opponents of pornography (see my book titles at www.secondstory.com) were surprised that Telus stepped into the porn world. Pornographers have jumped on technology bandwagons since forever - leaping into the video fray in the early 80s, jumping onto the internet in the 90s - so of course they'd come at the thought of exploiting the cell phone market.
What's different about the phone strategy is that, where video and the internet brought porn out of the movie theatres and into the home, phone tech brings it back into the public.
Both are problematic, of course, from a feminist perspective. In private, women are more vulnerable to the influences of porn and alot of the abuses associated with it were hidden. In public - cell phones on the subway, for example - the situation obviously became too icky for the majority of their users.
I just love the idea that smart thinking people gave Telus the message that making profit from sexual exploitation is a bit much.
Oh, and, just for the record, how pathetic is any image on a 2-inch by 1-inch screen anyway?
Let's see if Telus users who complained go back to Telus as a provider. Hope not.