In between election watching I’m trying to get the bulk of some work on barebacking out of the way (and pull a journal edited collection together) so I have the whole summer to write my book. I tend to do things out of order and work rather like a butterfly with a bit here and a bit there rather than write an article from start to finish. Here’s the abstract for the article I’m working on and which will be presented as a paper at the Mediated Sexualities Research event in a couple of weeks. I’ve been increasingly absorbed with this work over the last year or so and it is rather all consuming.

Anyone in the region want to come along – feel free – just let Clarissa know (and it costs a bargainous zilch). I also aim to present this stuff at the 2011 Law and Society event in San Francisco (presenting my queer theory and cyber ethnography stuff at the Chicago event next month). Here’s the draft abstract – let me know what you think:

‘Paul Morris cuts a controversial figure in the world of queer pornography. The San Francisco based Director and founder of Treasure Island Media (TIM) remains at the centre of a company that seeks to celebrate, highlight and explore the ‘raw’ sexual experience whether through bareback anal sex, intense oral sexual encounters and cascades of semen.

Morris’ films shock, excite and sell. The recent emergence of a ‘spin off’ website called Ryan Sullivan’s Island produced by TIM employee and film-maker, Ryan Sullivan claims to offer viewers an insight into the hitherto relatively secretive world of Treasure Island Media as well as insights into the personal journey of Ryan Sullivan.

This article seeks to consider the function and significance of Ryan Sullivan’s Island and explore TIM in the wider context of pirate utopias and crypto-anarchism’.

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