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PostPosted: Fri, 29. Sep 17, 16:52    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

pjknibbs wrote:
It's not like Hugh Hefner *created* pornography, though, so I'm not sure things would have turned out all that differently if he hadn't created Playboy--somebody else would have probably hit upon that idea.


Of course. Porn has been around for as long as culturally modern human beings.

But, and here's the credit to his particular genius, before "Playboy", porn was "smut." It was sitting in the back room, in seedy little shops. Heffner, somehow, made it "fashionable." He successfully paired his magazine with a refined, sometimes even cerebral, and "cultured" image.

This is what made things like a series of fashionable "Playboy" gentlemen's bars fashionable. The magic in what he did by taking "smut" and, in one specific instance, his magazine and IP, turning it into an image of grandeur, desirable lifestyle and even cultural value can't be understated. It's just darn uncanny.

He had a pocket full of magic pixie dust. That's the only explanation. Smile

I'd like to add that Playboy was/is the most "refined" form of simple porn. Also, it wasn't just cover-to-cover smut - There were, indeed, worthy articles and Playboy even had/has a reputation for at least some decent journalistic standards.

Maybe that's what did it? Larry Flynt turned his empire into a brash political statement that is simply "not afraid of itself." It revels in its own debauchery and challenges the limits of "Freedom of the Press."

Heffner painted smut with a cultured brush and got people to admire it.

On a personal note, I'm fairly neutral on "porn." I understand the fascination and I am burdened with being a man, too. Smile But, it's too powerful a beast to be let loose indiscriminately without challenge.

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PostPosted: Fri, 29. Sep 17, 17:07    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Morkonan wrote:

Heffner, somehow, made it "fashionable." He successfully paired his magazine with a refined, sometimes even cerebral, and "cultured" image.
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He had a pocket full of magic pixie dust. That's the only explanation. Smile


In many ways Playboy *was* refined. They published short stories by famous authors, had a lot of editorial content that wasn't just pictures of boobies, etc. In many ways, the magazine was quite tame by today's standards. What other porn purveyors seemed to do was to take the idea "Pictures of nekkid women sell!" and run with that, rather than bringing all the other stuff along with it, so I'd lay the blame on *them* rather than Playboy itself or Hugh Hefner.

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PostPosted: Fri, 29. Sep 17, 17:27    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

I'd say he "innovated."

He figured out how to do what others could not, or would not, do. Other publishers took "smut" as an "also-ran" industry, frankly. Yes, it always made money, but nobody ever considered it could go "mainstream."

He made that happen.

Unfortunately, in today's world with on-demand smut and plenty of other formats for interesting subject matter, articles, topical stories, essays and the like, many magazines have trouble competing, especially porn mags.

I'd think the only ones that can still keep their heads above water either do so by their older customer base or are enabled by those who have a particular predilection for the medium, itself, and not necessarily just a "porn habit."

If we took Heffner's singular innovative instance and applied it today to this industry, he'd be the one that would figure out how to wrest people's attention away from the massive caches of internet porn to whatever it was he had come up with. For a time, at least.

There is also no denying that Playboy was/is of a higher artistic photographic quality and theme than most others, even today. Some very high quality photographers and production designers became more well known and respected through their work with Playboy. That also paved the way for magazines like "Sports Illustrated" and their "swimsuit issue" as well as other mags with more mainstream subjects that have diverted into the realm of "fashion photography", which is just really lightweight pornography in some instances.

I know I'm "going on" about all this, but in thinking a bit deeper on his impact, it's surprising how revolutionary and pervasive it actually was. Yes, I've seen documentaries about it and have read articles about it, but I haven't truly examined it in depth. Heck, it even changed advertising, marketing, entertainment media, as others picked up on the wave and rode it.. Fascinating stuff, really.

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PostPosted: Sun, 1. Oct 17, 04:51    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

American game show host "Monty Hall" of "Lets make a Deal" game show has passed. Age 96

His name has been linked to computer/player games where lavish treasures
or that BFG weapon suddenly is acquired by the player.
It's a "Monty Hall" dungeon or a "Monty Hall" scenario.

RIP MH..Hope your reward is as lavish as what you gave.


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PostPosted: Sun, 1. Oct 17, 16:14    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Read a bit about him today.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/30/tv-shows/monty-hall-dead-at-96/index.html

His charitable works, more than his game-show hosting, demonstrates what a good man he was. (Qualified - I can't really judge anyone as "good", but whatever...)

I think that, perhaps, maybe he'd rather be remembered for that than as a host of a popular gameshow.

Still, I remember watching "Let's Make a Deal" when I was a kid and I always got a kick out it.

RIP, Monty. Your name became synonymous with riches and it appears your life was, as well.

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PostPosted: Sun, 1. Oct 17, 19:34    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Monty Hall is, of course, also famous for (inadvertently) naming perhaps the most well-known counterintuitive probability theory example, the Monty Hall problem (not that the maths problem is actually quite how the game show really worked).


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PostPosted: Tue, 3. Oct 17, 14:53    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Tom Petty dies at 66.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/03/entertainment/tom-petty-obit/index.html

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PostPosted: Tue, 3. Oct 17, 20:08    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Rnett wrote:
Tom Petty dies at 66.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/03/entertainment/tom-petty-obit/index.html


That one hits pretty hard. I hate it when old bards die. Sad These are the sorts of artists that sign off on a generation's culture, helping to form it, bringing it to life, sometimes even shaping it.

Godspeed, Tom.

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PostPosted: Wed, 4. Oct 17, 11:48    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

With Tm Petty and High Hefner gone, here is a playboy article about Tom Petty. And yeah, people really did read the articles on playboy and for good reason. Historically, Playboy has had some cutting edge journalism. This is a nice article about Tom Petty.

http://www.playboy.com/articles/tom-petty-confederate-flag-rolling-stone-interview


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PostPosted: Wed, 4. Oct 17, 11:55    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Paul S. Otellini, old Intel CEO died yesterday at 66.

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PostPosted: Mon, 16. Oct 17, 15:13    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

The comedian Sean Hughes has died--he was only 51:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41632761

Cirrhosis of the liver, apparently. I remember him mainly as the team captain in "Never Mind the Buzzcocks", he was great in that.

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PostPosted: Mon, 13. Nov 17, 01:29    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

John Hillerman alias Higgins is dead. Crying or Very sad


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PostPosted: Mon, 13. Nov 17, 08:29    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

I thought he was an english actor.


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PostPosted: Mon, 13. Nov 17, 10:09    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

mrbadger wrote:
I thought he was an english actor.


Apparently a lot of people thought the same--shows what a good job he did!

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PostPosted: Thu, 16. Nov 17, 18:04    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

WW2 Spitfire pilot Joy Lofthouse dies aged 94

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-42012740


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