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.TV and Social Values: Is Sex Worth 400 times as much as Violence?

By TuxNugget in MLP
Mon Dec 11, 2000 at 01:17:13 PM EST
Tags: Internet (all tags)

www.tv differs from other registrars in that short names, snappy names and dictionary words often cost more than the base $50. Sex.TV, for instance, will cost you a cool $1 Million/year to register. But Violence.TV is only $2500/year.

Is Sex worth 400 times as much as Violence? In the spirit of MLP, I ask you, my dear readers, to help map and rationalize the true value of these ideas and notions.

If you aren't a high class pornographer, rich enough to buy sex.tv, you can still abuse women by buying rape.tv for the much lower price of $4000. Rape.TV is a really bargain price for all the evil you can do, as Satan.TV is much less offensive and will cost you quite a bit more at $7500/year.

Should you prefer to turn away from the dark side, be warned that God.TV, Jesus.TV, Buddha.TV, and Mohammed.TV are taken. But you can still peddle salvation with salvation.TV for $950, which is cheaper than happiness.TV at $1000.

You can't buy dottvsucks.tv. You can, however, buy arson.tv for only $50. Watching .TV's go up in flames? Priceless.

Some will no doubt see this as yet another example of commercialism and greed on the internet, or a new kind of cybersquatting where the squatter is the registrar instead of the masses. But I would like to propose another viewpoint.

.TV has a financial incentive to guess the most someone would really pay. In setting these prices, they have either thought out these values or delegated such thoughts to an algorithm. By doing so, they are actually creating an interesting public good -- a catalog of the value of various ideas to society.

So far, sex seems to win out over anything else I can find. I suppose as a species, this makes sense. That .TV values satan over salvation and happiness also makes sense through a kind of google deja vu.

I am, however, disappointed about arson.


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If I had $1 million, I would spend it all on
o sex 34%
o violence 3%
o arson 10%
o happiness 42%
o salvation 9%

Votes: 94
Results | Other Polls

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.TV and Social Values: Is Sex Worth 400 times as much as Violence? | 14 comments (12 topical, 2 editorial, 0 hidden)
Make love, not war! (2.42 / 7) (#1)
by jabber on Mon Dec 11, 2000 at 11:15:49 AM EST

I would muck rather fsck than fight. By more than a 400:1 factor.
But I wouldn't pay a wooden nickel for a domain in either case.

I was a bit disappointed at this story, since I hoped it'd be about the sex vs violence content of broadcast media. That always makes for a great discussion full of "me too" messages. +1 to section anyway.

[TINK5C] |"Is K5 my kapusta intellectual teddy bear?"| "Yes"

but hey, its MLP! (3.00 / 1) (#3)
by TuxNugget on Mon Dec 11, 2000 at 11:22:43 AM EST

Thanks for your comment. I'm sorry you were disappointed or expected something more serious. Perhaps you should post your own story about what interests you.

MLP, or Mindless Link Propagation, is a category where one shouldn't always have to be terribly serious.

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MLP (2.50 / 2) (#10)
by jabber on Mon Dec 11, 2000 at 01:24:08 PM EST

I think most of us are well aware of the purpose of the MLP category.
My comment did address the subject of your post - you're welcome.

All I did, was voice an opinion on what I *thought* the story was about based on the intro versus what it was really about, based on the body. That's all. In a topical comment even.

As such, maybe the intro was a little light on the description of the write-up, but I voted it up anyway. No need to get pedantic.

[TINK5C] |"Is K5 my kapusta intellectual teddy bear?"| "Yes"
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Sex (3.50 / 6) (#2)
by Kaa on Mon Dec 11, 2000 at 11:19:23 AM EST

So far, sex seems to win out over anything else I can find.

Not really surprising. Species and individuals that weren't sex-obssessed didn't make it through natural selection.

Kaa's Law: In any sufficiently large group of people most are idiots.

more interesting prices (3.33 / 6) (#6)
by Defect on Mon Dec 11, 2000 at 12:17:15 PM EST

error.tv : 1,250
buy.tv : 500,000
broadband.tv : 62,500
no.tv : 35,000
business.tv : 1,000,000
computer.tv : 100,000
ram.tv : 2,750
harddrive.tv : 750
cd-rom.tv : 100
laptop.tv : 3,750
art.tv : 100,000

Isn't this a little out of control? I could partially rationalize an inflated price for some domains (sex, business, buy) but this is looking to be a little crazy. Being as extensive as making cd-rom.tv double the cost of a "regular" .tv domain, how'd they figure that? Where did they come up with these numbers?
defect - jso - joseth || a link
where indeed? (3.50 / 2) (#7)
by TuxNugget on Mon Dec 11, 2000 at 12:22:24 PM EST

Just remember, they're trying to make money.

I guess one way to do it would be to use search engine count for various words.

Any other theories?

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More than a straight financial incentive (3.83 / 6) (#8)
by leviathan on Mon Dec 11, 2000 at 12:37:01 PM EST

Tuvalu isn't exactly the richest country in the world. Not by a long way in fact. The money they have made off selling the .tv domains has had a major effect on the quality of life for ordinary people living there, and has also allowed them to join the UN. Previously they couldn't afford the UN fees, and considering in their case they're reported to be around $30000 that gives you some indication how the amount of money they've suddenly come into is changing life there.

So they have something of a big incentive to make as much money off this as they can. If I remember correctly though, they've sold the business of selling off the domains to an external company, so I'm not entirely sure how directly the sales affect them. I've been unable to confirm this following a quick google, though.

I wish everyone was peaceful. Then I could take over the planet with a butter knife.
- Dogbert

they didn't just sell the operation (4.00 / 1) (#14)
by el_guapo on Tue Dec 12, 2000 at 09:19:42 AM EST

they sold the whole durn TLD, the cnet link seemed to be down, but here is the /. article (sorry)
mas cerveza, por favor mirrors, manifestos, etc.
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Look at this way (3.80 / 5) (#9)
by loner on Mon Dec 11, 2000 at 12:40:11 PM EST

The value of a business, including such things as a domain name, is based on the revenue/profit it will potentially make. OK I'm not an MBA, so I'm sure there are nuances here I've missed, but I believe that's the gist of it: the higher the potential revenue, the higher the asking price for the business, especially when it comes to a new domain name.

Now most internet domains make money based on visitors to their web site. The more visitors, the higher the domain's revenue. And the more people are interested in the web site's offerings, the more visitors there are.

Based on this, the price tags make sense and are actually kind of nice to see. www.tv is saying that more people are interested in sex and will visit sex.tv than violence and violence.tv. As far as I can see this is great, especially if sex.tv is for improving one's sexual life (and not just the... umm... solo part).

SexTV is a TV show. (2.66 / 3) (#11)
by DrEvil on Mon Dec 11, 2000 at 03:56:22 PM EST

SexTV is a tv show aired on CityTV (up here in Canada), maybe they are hoping they will purchase that domain. Where as I have never heard of a tv show named Violence TV, but who knows, I could be wrong.

rape.tv?? (3.00 / 3) (#12)
by hotgrits on Mon Dec 11, 2000 at 09:24:25 PM EST

tv sort of implies entertainment to me. how can a company ethically charge more for this domain?

Thats what I kind of wondered (4.00 / 1) (#13)
by TuxNugget on Tue Dec 12, 2000 at 02:41:57 AM EST

and just remember, if some petty criminal can't make good enough rape-based entertainment to pay the $4000/year, they'll take it away from him and sell it to someone else.

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