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If a stunt so obviously phony as Our First Time could fool some of the people, Jeremy Bornstein, a 31-year-old San Bruno artist, figured he could fool a few more, and make a satirical point about critical thinking as well. Hence: "Our First Anal Sex" (http://www.ourfirstanalsex.com), which mimics the overearnest copy of Our First Time in every detail, right down to misplaced quotation marks and bad punctuation.
Instead of introducing his eager acolytes as "honor" students, Bornstein introduces them as "honor" "students." Not just "active in church and school," this Mike and Diane are "active in church and school with a little recreational drug use on the side." And in place of the ad banner from porn marketer IEG, Our First Anal Sex promotes "C4: The Place To Go To See Girls Fucking Farm Animals." The link leads to a page offering "Free Membership!" to Club Incest, "Free Shaved Llamas," a Tipper and Al Gore sex video, and GirlsGirlsGirlsAndAPig.com. All the links, by the way, are fake.
"I thought it was pretty funny, but not funny enough," Bornstein says of Our First Time. "So I decided to make it funnier. There's a pretty high level of gullibility about Internet things like this. It wasn't subject to a lot of scrutiny for the first few days."
But absence of scrutiny doesn't necessarily imply stupidity. The pornography-consuming public, he says, pay for fantasy; they believe because they want to believe.
"People are hungry for entertainment," he observes, "so the truth of something isn't always as important as the entertainment people would get from something if it were true." Customers rent adult videos that are representations of a fantasy they want to buy into. And not even Bornstein's drollery discouraged every net.sex fiend. "I'm continually surprised at the amount of e-mail I get from people who are asking me what kind of software they need to watch the [anal sex] event. Some people," he concludes, "are just looking at the pictures."