Savanna Samson (New York Times)I am shocked -- shocked!! -- to learn that the porn industry is shunning plot, dialogue, and narrative arcs. Instead, they are increasingly focused on shooting ... wait for it ... more sex scenes! Who wudda thunk it? According to no less an authority than the New York Times, the pornographic movie industry is concentrating on creating "more short scenes that can be easily uploaded to Web sites and sold in several-minute chunks."

The article is accompanied by a photograph of porn star Savanna Samson looking pensive and sad as she stares into the distance. She laments: "I used to have dialogue ... I couldn't wait to get my next script," Nowadays, there is little reason for her to even look at the script. And doing one sex scene after another "just isn't as much fun." The industry is feeling pressure to cater to the short attention span (three to five minutes) of Internet users, claims Steven Hirsch, co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment. Industry observer Paul Fishbein says that DVD sales have fallen sharply "because the Internet has made it easy to watch snippets of video."

Declining DVD sales are also cited by the mainstream film industry as a major threat to their survival. Can Hollywood learn anything about adapting to changing viewing habits from the porn industry? I'm not saying they should start including explicit sex scenes designed for the Internet, but maybe the big studios should examine more closely how and what people are watching online. Right now the Internet is viewed as a last resort destination for films that can't get theatrical distribution. What if certain "A-list" films were rethought for online-only viewing, with big stars and a big marketing strategy?