"war porn"

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 17 02:11:00 UTC 2011

There is also the secondary sense of "guilty pleasure" that was derived
from the original (e.g., "food porn"). It seems that it's not just
"earlier" vs. "later", but taking two different directions from
different aspects of the same original term.

Something came across my desk this morning. It was a recommendation for
a site called ChartPorn.org--and, as the correspondent sternly warned
me, "Make sure it's DOT ORG!" It is, more or less, a blog version of
Tufte's work. Do I dare look at ChartPorn.com to see what's there? Maybe
it's the sinister doppelganger?


On 11/16/2011 8:25 PM, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
> On Nov 16, 2011, at 4:55 PM, Jon Lighter wrote:
>> 'A war film that emphasizes violence or heroism for an uncritical audience'
> James Harbeck on ADS-L 3/28/09 with torture porn, then from a Google search on {“it’s just * porn”}:
>    food porn, journo-porn, hurricane porn, lifestyle porn, war porn, automotive porn, veg growers porn, car porn
> and: On Mar 15, 2010, at 1:20 PM, Jon Lighter wrote:
>    The most interesting thing to me in all this is that earlier exx. of "X porn" imply that porn is a sinister, disgusting thing (e.g., "war porn").
> and on my blog:
> http://arnoldzwicky.wordpress.com/2009/03/29/snowclonelet-composites/
> reference to ADS-L discussion, with food porn, and to my inventory at the time
> http://arnoldzwicky.wordpress.com/2010/03/02/gimme-shelter/
> with house porn (from Terry Castle), referring to magazines with sumptuous depictions of interiors
> .....
> at some point, it isn't really useful to collect more examples of a pattern that's been very amply attested, indeed on this mailing list.
> arnold
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