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FRONTLINE; American Porn


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American Porn
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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It’s one of the hottest industries in America. Easier to order at home than a pizza, bigger than rock music, it’s arguably the most profitable enterprise in cyberspace. AT&T is in the business. Yahoo! and AOL profit from it. Westin and Marriott make more money selling it than they do snacks and drinks in their mini-bars. And with estimates as high as $10 billion a year, it boasts the kind of earnings every American business envies. It’s pornography—and with adult movies, magazines, retail stores, and the growth of the Internet—business is booming. The one-hour documentary examines America’s original sin business and some of the well-known top corporations that quietly profit from it.



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; American Porn,” 01/31/2002, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5C9CF813C7FE47678BEF4894D5A50DDA.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; American Porn.” 01/31/2002. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 19, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5C9CF813C7FE47678BEF4894D5A50DDA>.
APA: FRONTLINE; American Porn. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5C9CF813C7FE47678BEF4894D5A50DDA
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