Patchen Barss

Patchen Barss has written about science, technology and culture for almost 20 years. He is a meticulous researcher and a gifted storyteller. His new book, The Erotic Engine: How Pornography has Powered Mass Communication, from Gutenberg to Google, examines the powerful influence of pornography on advances in mass communication.

Barss’ articles have appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Montreal Gazette, Reader’s Digest, Saturday Night, CBC online, and many other places. He has worked as a producer at CBC Television and the Discovery Channel, and is currently a director of communications in the field of advanced scientific research.

He lives in Toronto.


Patchen Barss - Pornography & Technology

Patchen Barss studies the role of pornography as a driving force behind mass communication, tracing...