A serious, non-titillating history of pornography, from the earliest days of erotic art right up to the present day's multimedia.

Pornography: The Secret History of Civilisation - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 1999-10-14

Pornography: The Secret History of Civilisation - Milo Yiannopoulos - Netflix

Milo Yiannopoulos (; born Milo Hanrahan; 18 October 1984; also writing under the pen name Milo Andreas Wagner) is a British polemicist, political commentator, public speaker, and writer. Yiannopoulos is a former senior editor for Breitbart News, who describes himself as a “cultural libertarian”. He is a critic of Islam, atheism, feminism, social justice, political correctness, and other movements. Much of the work at Breitbart which brought Yiannopoulos to national attention was inspired by the ideas of neo-Nazis and white nationalists. In October 2017, leaked emails revealed that Yiannopoulos had repeatedly solicited neo-Nazi and white supremacist figures on the alt-right for feedback and story ideas in his work for the website Breitbart. The leaked emails also showed that his book, Dangerous, and many of his Breitbart articles were ghost-written by a Breitbart colleague. Yiannopoulos was born and raised in Kent. After being expelled from Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, he studied at the University of Manchester and Wolfson College, Cambridge, but failed to gain a degree from either. He began working in technology journalism for The Telegraph before co-running The Kernel, an online magazine, which was devoted to technology journalism, in 2011–13. He was one of the first journalists to cover the Gamergate controversy. In 2015 he began work at Breitbart, attracting attention for his opinions and the company's association with the alt-right. He relocated to the United States, where he became a vocal supporter of Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2016. In July 2016 he was permanently banned from Twitter for what the company cited as “inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others”, referring to a harassment campaign against actor Leslie Jones and others. Yiannopoulos has been accused of being an apologist for or supporting paedophilia, a charge he strenuously denies. The charge arises from a video clip in which he said that sexual relationships between 13-year-old boys and adult men and women can be “perfectly consensual” and positive experiences for the boys. Following the release of the tape, Yiannopoulos was forced out of his position at Breitbart, and lost a contract to publish his autobiography with Simon & Schuster. Yiannopoulos has denied that he is a supporter of paedophilic relationships and claimed that his statements that ostensibly support them were merely attempts to cope with his own past victimhood, as an object of child abuse by unnamed older men.

Pornography: The Secret History of Civilisation - The Kernel - Netflix

Together with university friends David Rosenberg and David Haywood Smith, journalist Stephen Pritchard and former Telegraph employee Adrian McShane, Yiannopoulos launched The Kernel in November 2011 to “fix European technology journalism.” The Kernel was at that time owned by Sentinel Media. In 2012, the online magazine became embroiled in a legal dispute with one of its contributors after he said it failed to pay money owed to him. The Kernel closed in March 2013, with thousands of pounds owed to former contributor Jason Hesse when he won a summary judgement from an employment tribunal against parent company Sentinel Media. Margot Huysman, whom Yiannopoulos had appointed associate editor and was one of the people seeking payment, said that many working for the site had been “screwed over” personally and financially. Yiannopoulos also threatened, via email, to release embarrassing details and photographs of a Kernel contributor who sought payment for their work for the site and he also accused the contributor of being behind the “majority of damage to The Kernel”. The unnamed contributor told The Guardian that the emails had been referred to the police. German venture capital vehicle BERLIN42 acquired The Kernel's assets in early 2013. The website displayed plans for a relaunch in August 2013 with fresh investment and Yiannopoulos reinstated as editor-in-chief. BERLIN42 founding partner Aydogan Ali Schosswald would join its newly formed publishing company, Kernel Media, as chief executive. Yiannopoulos personally paid six former contributors money that the defunct company was unable to pay. Parent company Sentinel Media Ltd was eventually dissolved on 18 February 2014 after being struck off by Companies House. The Independent on Sunday reported that the relaunched publication, based between London and Berlin, would focus on “modern warfare, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, pornography and space travel” from August, but newsletter The Nutshell would not return. In 2014, The Kernel was acquired by Daily Dot Media, the parent company of The Daily Dot. After the acquisition by Daily Dot Media, Yiannopoulos stepped down as editor-in-chief though he remained an adviser to the company.

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