On the Media: Amazon and Obscene eBooks

In last Thursday’s On The Media, PJ Vogt brings forth a lawsuit-like commentary made by Kernel magazine to Amazon for its adult pornography book selection. Many of its titles were relatively obscene and Vogt points out that “these are the kinds of titles that make you wince” such as: Taking My Drunk Daughter, Reluctant Brother Blowjob, or Forced By Daddy.

The names of the book titles are obscene for their fix on rape and enforcing the idea of abuse. Amazon, therefore, exposed in the light of social media as a careless retail seller, deleted many of the titles in fear of the commentary that “Amazon doesn’t police its digital publishing platforms in a meaningful way, so the books stay up”. This sort of situations shed light to the fact of much perplexity that happens in social media but this kind of response is necessary for progress.

For instance, Kernel writer Jeremy Wilson is making Amazon sound very negative for allowing pornographic eBooks to be sold online. However, a censored section can easily tackle this for adults. Amazon, on the other hand, should not have deleted many of the books. Having done so, creates an unfair balance for other books that contain that very same style of writing to be in question regardless of their title. The whole business merely jumbles more trouble, however, it is good to critique and analyze these things in social media to understand them.

Amazon does a very good job at narrowing down book search, but the sad fact is, Amazon may sell you anything. The books are there, if you are looking for them, you will find them. Whereas if you truly want an obscene-free or non-explicit oriented service you can resort to a local bookstore, that resort to actual inspection of their own products to avoid situations that Amazon is facing.

One comment

  1. I don’t think Amazon should have policed some books and not others. You’re right, the books themselves exist, so if you look for them you will find them. Amazon, if they haven’t already, could have simply created a separate section for adult books where a pop-up comes up warning that the content is explicit and for those 18 or older and give customers a chance to accept or reject access to the page.

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