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Playboy’s New Web Bet: Ditch the Naked Ladies

Odds are, even if you really enjoy looking at naked ladies on the Internet, you don’t spend much time thinking about Playboy. So what about a Playboy site that doesn’t feature naked ladies?

That appears to be what the publisher has in mind with TheSmokingJacket.com, a “safe-for-work” site it has in the works (don’t bother trying out the URL–nothing to see there now).

PaidContent’s David Kaplan, who had to sit through Playboy’s (PLA) earnings call this morning, doesn’t have any other details, presumably because Playboy didn’t offer them up.

But it’s easy to imagine what a Playboy-run site you could view at work without getting fired might look like: Take a look at Maxim.com or FHM.com or AskMen.com or any of Break Media‘s sites or…you get the picture.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work