The Rise of Microporn

Vine_apps_logoOK Vine users, now we know your dirty secret, courtesy of New York Magazine:

David is a 21-year-old guy from London who listens to Kendrick Lamar, obsessively watches the British TV drama Top Boy, and tweets about grades and drugs. Whenever he feels like it, he pulls down his pants, points his phone toward his crotch, and tapes himself masturbating for six seconds. He publishes the results on Vine, a microvideo app dedicated to the quick and easy sharing of Internet catnip: pets acting cute, skateboarders falling down, and — inevitably — porn.

In the first eleven days after David joined Vine, he racked up 47 explicit videos, 50 followers who liked what they saw, and — he says — three women who wanted to meet up with him in real life. Unlike a professional porn star, David never needed to show up on set, ejaculate on cue, or show his face. All he had to do was hold his penis in one hand and his phone in the other. He didn’t even need to do it for that long. On Vine, he can shoot and release a video in under a minute.

David represents the new wave of amateur “microporn” producers — people who create and share explicit photos, videos, and GIFs that are as short as winks, and have oozed into all corners of the Internet. On Vine, you can thumb over from a scampering cat video to catch a six-second deep-throat, then switch right back to the cute stuff. On Reddit, you can listen to a five-minute audio clip of a stranger moaning while you fill out a spreadsheet at work, your headphones tucked safely into your ears. And on Tumblr, you can scroll past a porny GIF, catch a couple thrusts, and proceed onto the day’s news. It’s even better than professional porn, David says, because it’s made by “normal, everyday people.”

And it’s so quick and easy to make, share, and watch, it’s become a fixture of normal, everyday life, too. “Even if you aren’t looking for it, you’ll come across porn in the middle of the day,” says Kayla, an 18-year-old California girl who maintains her own sexually charged Tumblr…

[continues at New York Magazine]


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13 Comments on "The Rise of Microporn"

  1. Charlie Primero | Sep 18, 2013 at 10:18 am |

    I wonder how much Vine paid NYMag for that “sponsored content”.

    Aldous Huxley would be so proud.

    • It’s more of a savings on the cost of paying journalists to write real stories on stuff that matters.

  2. Matt Staggs | Sep 18, 2013 at 10:40 am |

    I loved Vine. Still do, really, except that it eats battery power like nobody’s business so I don’t do it very often. As a medium, I think it has a lot of appeal to creative types. I enjoyed doing stop-motion films, myself.

  3. Bruteloop | Sep 18, 2013 at 10:58 am |

    What a dick.

  4. Anthony Kwit | Sep 18, 2013 at 11:50 am |

    I’ve always preferred amateur porn to anything else.

    I don’t like the fake shit that exploits enthusiasm-less, drug addicted women.

    • Me too.
      I especially do not like those ridiculously large fake tits that look like fucking cow udders, gross.

      • Anthony Kwit | Sep 18, 2013 at 5:38 pm |


        Not sure how anyone can enjoy that shit.

        • Andrei Serde | Sep 19, 2013 at 1:25 am |

          Apparently, it’s misogynous men that like them. That’s what a study said.

          • Anthony Kwit | Sep 19, 2013 at 4:08 pm |

            Yep, and the vast majority of men who enjoy ejaculating on women’s faces harbor a secret hatred of women.

  5. $73036412 | Sep 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm |

    Six seconds may be a bit much for me. Maybe I can make a gif…

  6. Mikala Romans | Sep 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm |

    I spend more time brushing my teeth.

  7. “On Vine, he can shoot and release a video in under a minute.”

  8. DeepCough | Sep 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm |

    There is no internet without porn.

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