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Cindy Gallop is Founder & CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld, a web meets world platform that turns good intentions into action, one microaction at a time, which launched in beta with a demo at TED 2010. She is also the founder of www.makelovenotporn.com, launched at TED 2009.
Cindy’s background is brand building, marketing and advertising. She started up the US office of ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty in New York in 1998 and in 2003 was named Advertising Woman of the Year. She acts as board advisor to a number of tech startups and consults for companies around the world, describing her consultancy approach as "I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business."
She has a reputation as a highly compelling and inspirational speaker at conferences and events around the world on a variety of topics: her talk on ‘The Future of Advertising’ has been described on Twitter as "The most brilliant speech on the future of advertising ever – not the usual buzzword-laden bullshit." She published ‘Make Love Not Porn: Technology’s Hardcore Impact on Human Behavior’ as one of TED’s line of TEDBooks and is currently working on a book about her philosophy of life and business.
Depiction of erotic behaviour intended to cause sexual excitement. The word originally signified any work of art or literature depicting the life of prostitutes. Though pornography is clearly ancient in origin, its early history is obscure because it was customarily not thought worthy of transmission or preservation. Nevertheless, in the artwork of many historic societies, including ancient India, ancient Greece, and Rome, erotic imagery was commonplace and often appeared in religious contexts. The Art of Love, by Ovid, is a treatise on seduction and sensual arousal. The invention of printing led to the production of ambitious works of pornographic writing intended to entertain as well as to arouse. In 18th-century Europe, pornography became a vehicle for social and political protest through its depiction of the misdeeds of royalty and other aristocrats, as well as those of clerics, a traditional target. The development of photography and motion pictures in the 19th and 20th centuries contributed greatly to the proliferation of pornography, as did the advent of the Internet in the late 20th century. During the 20th century, restrictions on pornography were relaxed throughout much of Europe and North America, though regulations remained strict in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Child pornography is almost universally prohibited.
A speech meant more to entertain than to educate, much like her websites. If she wanted to be taken seriously, she would not dress like a cheap hooker, a fact that kind of detracts from the points she is trying to make. She tries to make it a point that the pervasiveness of pornographic culture has and always be with us, but anyone who understands history going back more than 50 years knows that while at some level this is true, to try to compare the "pornographic" culture of the past to the current state is like saying a fist fight and nuclear bomb are both violent, a true but functionally useless point (here used as a justification of modern porn industry). She talks about balancing viewpoints; she doesn't seem to see it as a problem at all that 11 year olds are watching hardcore pornography. This is the epitome of stupidity, to suppose that rather than prevent children from being exposed to hardcore pornography which arguably is among the most potent, psychologically charged material available to a child, we should simply try to show them that it is actually not all about the porn that they are haplessly being addicted to, that porn is but one "viewpoint". Does Ms. Gallop have a child? Can she even remember what it is like to be a child? What child cares about anything she is talking about? When we were kids we got our kicks from cartoons and the funny pages whereas nowadays they are getting it from the internet and hardcore porn, and she says the problem with the world is a lack of blowjobs. This lady immerses herself in culture, sure, but she understands none of it and has absolutely no grasp of what actually needs to be changed.