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Attack of the Porn Show

Back in September 2007, TorrentFreak ran a piece about the porn industry deciding to take on pirates. G4TV was interested, and contacted them to see if one of their writers would like to appear on their flagship program, Attack of the Show, to talk about it. All the writers for TorrentFreak, are Europe-based, and G4 is a US channel, though, and Attack of the Show is done Live (or thereabouts). So, on September 14th, I was asked if I’d take part, representing the US Pirate Party, and I said ‘yes’.

The segment filmed, and aired Monday, September 17th, so there was little time to prepare. I’ve not been a huge follower of the porn industry, or a downloader of porn, so I had to reach out to my contacts to find out more. I was lucky, in that one acquaintance of mine from a year or two earlier, was running two porn torrent sites, and forwarded me contact details for some of their admins.

Armed with all the prep, I was told that Crawford Communications would be awaiting me, and that I would be dealing with an Anh Tran as my opponent (try looking up that name when you just get it over the phone) so that was that. Crawford’s a lovely company though, very professional, especially Jim Baxter, who was my cameraman/producer. The only downside, was they didn’t actually get G4 on their cable system!. I couldn’t even see my opponent or the show, all I could do is hear it through a single earpiece. It also meant, I had no idea how delayed things were until after the show was done, and I got to watch it later that night.

I’m in Atlanta, they’re in San Fransisco. Ahn is on set or next door – there’s no delay for him. Theres roughly 1.5 seconds delay each way for me. Thanks to some snappy decisions by the Director, it’s not obvious, but it becomes so at the end, when I’m talking over someone – it’s not intentional, it’s just hard to tell.

Anyway, tell me what you think of it in the comments.

And since I can’t seem to get it embedded here, you’ll have to go to THIS PAGE to see it.

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  1. March 8, 2010 at 15:37

    This reminds me of an interview I did with Russia Today. In what I can only guess is a carry-over from the cold war era, Russian TV interviewers do something very unusual. They phone you up about half an hour before you go live and let you know what all the questions are going to be. Given that this was only my second ever live TV broadcast, I was very glad to be reassured that nothing was going to catch me unawares… but not nearly as glad as I was during the interview, when the earpiece that let me hear the presenter’s voice over the satellite link first became unintelligible, and then half fell out of my ear. I answered the last three questions from memory, talking whenever the distant warbling in my ear went quiet. Luckily, the presenter didn’t ad lib at all, and the whole thing looked seamless to the viewing public.

    • ktetch
      March 8, 2010 at 16:00

      I wouldn’t say it’s all that unusual, I’ve heard of other news orgs doing it, although I’ve never heard of it being ‘standard practice’ it’s known to have happened with big name guests. Wish I could have had an interview that easy, ever. One of the hardest was 2 months before this one, promoting Fair Use Day 07. One of the board suggested including support for the Fair Use Act in the press release, and Ars phoned up. Interview went great until they mentioned the bill, which I’d never read (and only had Josh Cowles’ précis of) – think I managed to get away with it, until now 😉

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