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Library to collect Net porn

The library says porn provides an essential insight into modern lives
The library says porn provides an essential insight into modern lives  


CANBERRA, Australia -- The National Library of Australia says it is looking at collecting pornographic websites to add to an already extensive collection of printed erotica that includes such learned journals as "Big 'n' Bouncy" and "Bra Busters."

According to the chief librarian in charge of electronic collections, Edgar Crook, the adult sites would provide future generations with "a representative picture of Australian erotica on the Internet."

Writing in the library's latest newsletter, Crook said the existing collection of printed erotica and pornography was already a valuable part of the national collection.

Denying that the collection would pander to "the salacious enjoyment of the contemporary reader," he said the inclusion of a national online porn collection was essential for future studies of Australian social development.

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"The examination of society and culture by necessity involves the study of its sexual life," he said.

Today's pornography and other "adult interest" publications were, he added, "an indicator of social mores, standards and public attitudes to matters sexual."

"With this in mind," Crook wrote, "it is clear that there is no merit in being coy today and therefore delivering an incomplete picture to future researchers."

He went on to point to the library's collection of Victorian porn and erotic fiction, which was " of great interest to the modern historian."

"The surviving sexual diaries and pornographic novels of this era provide insight into ordinary lives that are just as important as those provided by the many `improving' works or the social novels that are still so widely enjoyed," Crook said.

The newsletter did not say whether the library would be inviting applications for the job of selecting sites worthy of inclusion in the collection.



 
 
 
 







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