I'm guessing that people sending in perverted letters to hosts has always been an issue, but now that technology has advanced significantly, the hosts can reach out to one another and compare notes, than in days past. Now they're noticing a pattern in desk/prop setups, camera angles and what not, I guess?Ditto too for these perverts having more direct contact with them. There was no Twitter or Facebook back in those days. If you wanted to get in contact with them, you either e-mailed them or sent a letter. I can remember reading about that being a huge deal, even on the LAH message boards (that's another thing, I miss Dean and his many models. Scripted as it was, imho, it was HOT!).paradigm88 wrote: ↑Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:02 pm
Isn't that the truth. The old days were a Wild, Wild West of untamed links, fan pages on GeoCities and AOL, postage-stamp images and videos if that, and our stories. I wouldn't trade that content for today's content...and yet, the diversity was intriguing even if the quality was stunted by the era's technology. I'd say the average folk were smarter then too...but there were always guys sending letters to hosts asking for a little on-camera action. Maybe a lot of that got filtered out at the mailroom. Now, it's easier to be too damn direct. That applies to a lot of areas that can be abused, but for us it's particularly poignant.
I was so excited at college when I ordered a couple of Mick's videos. I wish I had more of them, more of the unforgettable moments from the golden era. And it's a shame that they don't digitize all that well off VHS. Makes you realize how much was actually in our heads, too, because the TV wasn't any crisper.
I save as much good content as I can find (though I want to get a video editor at some point to crop down some of the 2GB files with five minutes of action). You never know when the good stuff might get taken down, candid or otherwise.
You're right about a lot of we saw being more in our heads back then. I guess our imaginations really filled in the blanks, because even looking at some of the videos in my collection from even just ten years ago, I notice a significant difference in quality. I know that "bit rot" is a thing, but I didn't think it effected digital video media, like that. It's too bad these things can't be remastered.