Season 20, Episode 12 American Porn

First Aired: February 7, 2002

An examination of the adult-film industry. The hour visits porn sets and contains nudity and frank language, but it's basically a business story. Thanks to the Internet, porn is a burgeoning enterprise. “It's the high-tech boom that didn't go bust,” correspondent Peter Boyer says. “New technology allowed pornography to break through into the mainstream.” That's seen here in a look at how porn is distributed. Also: interviews with pornographers; and with prosecutors who insist, says Boyer, that if pornography “is actually put before the community, the old standards will apply.”

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