Covering a Taboo Industry
Managing Editor, CNBC.com
We'll be focusing some coverage on a $14 billion industry for the next few days.
It is a business that has been around a long time.
It's a leader in technological innovation.
And it is heavily involved in some of the more hotly debated issues of the day: piracy, regulation, and health just to name a few.
It is pornography.
Right now its major players are gathering in Las Vegas for their annual convention. We are covering the event and checking up on the industry's latest challenges and issues.
Some folks will argue that we shouldn't be doing this. To that I will repeat a previous argument: Like it or not, pornography is a big business (and one we've covered before). We cover big businesses. Yes, some industries are more taboo than others. But ignoring them doesn't make them any better or any worse. It just makes them less understood.
Yes, we will get a traffic bump out of this coverage. And that is in our self-interest. Hey, we get a traffic bump out of European crisis headlines too. But this is at least less threatening.
If you find this coverage objectionable, please don't click on it. If you are interested, here is one of our first elements, The Dirty Dozen: Porn's Most Popular Stars.