John Naughton: Growth of internet porn tells us more about ourselves than technology | John Naughton

The actual size of the sex industry online is difficult to estimate, but it is sophisticated and, in some senses, more honest than Google or Facebook

When the internet first entered public consciousness in the early 1990s, a prominent media entrepreneur described it as a “sit up” rather than a “lean back” medium. What she meant was that it was quite different from TV, which encouraged passive consumption by a species of human known universally as the couch potato. The internet, some of us fondly imagined, would be different; it would encourage/enable people to become creative generators of their own content.

Spool forward a couple of decades and we are sadder and wiser. On any given weekday evening in many parts of the world, more than half of the data traffic on the internet is accounted for by video streaming to couch potatoes worldwide. (Except that many of them may not be sitting on couches, but watching on their smartphones in a variety of locations and postures.) The internet has turned into billion-channel TV.

Stormy Daniels was the most searched-for performer, so Donald Trump has been good for her business

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Owen Jones: More MPs should live in council housing. It’s not meant to be a poor ghetto | Owen Jones

What a twisted view of Britain’s housing crisis it is when Kate Osamor MP is criticised for being a social tenant

Britain’s acute housing crisis has been allowed to get ever worse, in part because the wrong targets are persistently scapegoated for it. Migrants are a long-running target, of course; those deemed to be undeserving benefit claimants, such as teenagers mothers, are another traditional favourite. On one level, there is a perversely ingenious strategy at play. The more the government shrinks the nation’s council housing stock as a deliberate policy, the more those languishing on waiting lists feel as though they are competing for scarce resources, and the more they are incentivised to delegitimise other “competitors” as undeserving. The government is let off the hook.

Which brings me to the case of Labour backbencher Kate Osamor, who spent Christmas enduring a media storm because she declared that she was “proud, not ashamed” to be a council tenant. This is a disgrace, apparently, because someone on a parliamentarian’s salary should free up their house for the more deserving. This line of argument is not only wrongheaded, it goes some way to explaining why a housing crisis has enveloped Britain.

Hounding Osamor only lets the government off the hook for a housing crisis created in Number 10

Related: Only a total rethink can solve the housing crisis | Dawn Foster

Related: Want to resolve the UK’s housing crisis? Here’s how | Larry Elliott

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