How Sex Changed the Internet and the Internet Changed Sex: A History

Workman. Nov. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781523513840. $30. HIST
Sex on the internet existed long before Pam and Tommy’s sex tape, online dating, and OnlyFans. Cole’s (senior editor, Vice) debut book offers a historical perspective of how technology, from the 1960s through today, has affected views and attitudes about sex. The author covers everything from the history of sex on the internet, to early Camgirls, sex toys, and Deepfakes. Highlights include “A Brief History of Online Dating” chapter and explanations about how the government continues to navigate the ever-evolving internet. This book is informative, readable, and entertaining. While Cole makes this book accessible for readers interested in surface level topics such as cyber-sex, the real discussion is about how sex has greatly shaped the development of the internet and its ramifications. By the end, readers will be left wondering if sex, technology, society, and the government can ever peacefully coexist.
VERDICT This book is perfect for readers interested in how society reached the point it is at today with the internet and sex and the issues that have emerged.
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