From Deep Throat to Don Jon: The Pornographication of Cinematic Entertainment

  • Brian McNair
Part of the Palgrave Entertainment Industries book series (PAEI)


This chapter reviews the rise of porno chic in cinema, as a case in the broader pornographication of entertainment. It describes how pornography has been the subject of the full range of film genres from full on slapstick and gross-out comedy, to the intimate human drama of Don Jon, and the dark auteurism of A Hole in My Heart. It examines how cinematic entertainment has grappled with current debates on the societal impact of pornographication, such as the sex selfie/DIY sex tape phenomenon, and porn addiction.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian McNair
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  1. 1.Journalism, Media and CommunicationQueensland University of TechnologyQueenslandAustralia

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