War Be Good or Bad for Business?
By Eric Ernest March 20, 2003
Calif.—With the Iraq conflict building to inevitable
fever pitch, many in the adult Internet community
shared their thoughts about how the effort to depose
Saddam Hussein will affect their businesses.
positively or negatively, respondents were asked how
they thought the predominately United States-led effort
would affect their economic bottom lines.
this stage in the game it’s difficult to know
how the war in Iraq will affect my income, which is
entirely derived from self-employment as a writer
and editor,”said Theresa A. Reed, who is perhaps
better known as the erotic writer, artist, and Web
mistress Darklady. “My intention within this
year is to expand that into teaching sexuality and
relationship enhancement workshops, as well.
financial success of each of these ventures depends
upon the available capital of consumers purchasing
services provided by advertisers or coming to me directly
- like the workshops I host,”she said. “Publishing
is always a risky venture, so none of this should
be news to me or anyone who depends upon it for their
Salsburg of IVolt Networks cautioned observers of
the conflict that appearances aren’t always
what they seem. “Sometimes what we anticipate
or perceive is in complete contrast to the final outcome.
Our intolerance for Saddam will lead to war and how
it will affect business is still uncertain,”
added, “I suspect it will not have a large negative
effect since the sentence ‘This war has me not
wanting to look at naked women’ has never been
Servidio, president and owner of Teleteria,
feels the impending conflict with Iraq will change
our notions of armed conflict.
The inevitable military aggression against Iraq will
not be a war as we know the definition of the word
war. This is going to be a slaughter worse then last
time [the first Persian Gulf War],he said.
numerous articles on the subject that exhaustively
detail the approach the U.S.-led assault will take,
the New York native said, “It will be a blazingly
fast attack that will be measured more in gigabytes
than body count. The first Iraqi division that tries
to fight against our boys will simply be wiped from
the planet. Then, hopefully, the rest will fall in
line and surrender.”
business that Teleteria.net
has invented and continues to thrive in will not be
affected negatively. On the contrary, our business
is likely to continue to go up. As more people from
all walks of life begin to realize that money is getting
harder and harder to come by, they will continue to
to get them entry into one of the most profitable
business on earth,” Jay Servidio said.
customer base has always grown since we started the
custom turnkey adult Website business in 1994. In
times of a sluggish economy we grow stronger, because
people who wouldn’t think of getting into adult
Internet businesses before are now starting to question
Servidio reinforced his opinion with the revelation
that an estimated 24 million Iraqis represent a sizable
untapped consumer market share. “Remember, inside
every Iraqi there is an American waiting to come out.
So let’s all get on the team and come on in
for the big win,”he said.
Eric J. White, the CEO of Virtual Reality Innovations
Inc., said he feels the Iraq conflict can yield a
valuable new client base long after the hostilities
have ceased. He forecast the creation of “a
new nation of customers that were formally forbidden
by law to access our goods and services.”
economic trends have proven the adult industry is
generally resistant to war and political upheavals.
Instead of the possibility of short-term traffic reaching
a plateau, White, like many others, sees a gold mine.
this case, I think the liberation of the Iraqi people
and the freedom to think for themselves will create
a new customer pool for everyone in the adult industry,”he
said. “What better way for these people to finally
be able to deal with their pent-up sexual frustration?
When they have freedoms like us, they’ll have
access to the World Wide Web and unfettered access
to satisfy their sexual urges.
look forward to the increase of business. Free their
minds; their libidos will quickly rise to the occasion,”White
California-based Web site designer known by the moniker
::MX:: offered a more sobering view of the financial
landscape. “The upcoming liberation of the people
of Iraq has definitely put a dent in our business.
Unemployment is up, gas prices are shooting through
the roof, and the stock market’s still tanking!”
the Scandinavian-born Web architect sees the thrifty
attitudes of adult Internet consumers easing up toward
the end of this year. “Once we’ve exterminated
Hussein and his followers, there will be a great chance
that we might see the light at the end of the tunnel,”::MX::
thinking ahead of the curve, Lord Austin, a Texas-based
Web designer recently created ArmedConflict.com. He
didn’t expect it to do as well as it has. In
one week traffic grew from about 100 hits a day to
more than 100,000.
the course of running my CreamAsia.com TGP, I get
tons of Asian hardcore galleries, which I just delete.
CreamAsia is soft Japanese AV idols only. One day
I decided to go ahead and use all that fucking hardcore
freaky shit and turned ArmedConflict.com into a hardcore
Asian TGP,”Austin said.
existing TGP content and adapting it to a timely niche
has resulted in the site generating a fair amount
of revenue, while still retaining its original style.
“I like to think of it as ‘Asian hardcore
with an attitude,’”he said.
do not think the war will hurt my business. War is
always good for the economy; more jobs and more spending
is always good for my business. I think our industry
will profit from the upcoming conflict, ”Austin
Servidio is President of Teleteria,
Inc., a company that has been building and hosting
commercial and adult custom Web sites since 1994.
clients are located all over the world.
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