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Free Gay Porn Rag Solves Media Collapse By Skipping Readers, Sending Mag Straight to Trash

61aj1pgexl_sl500_aa280_Poor Gloria Sohacki. Every week she goes out to bring in her giant blue recycling bin and every week, she finds it loaded with thousands of copies of Cybersocket, a local free porn-adjacent magazine that’s main reason for being is to serve as a promo for the company’s XXX porn site. She called her councilman, who advised her to get more recycling bins. She called Morgan Sommer, the company’s owner, who promised he’d handle the situation. A week later: There’s another 1,000 copies of the magazine filling up her bins. What’s a gal to do?

We have to give Sohacki credit for having a sense of humor about the problem. She tells the L.A. Times‘ Steve Lopez:

“It says, ‘Virtual sex is now a reality,’ ” she told me.

“What does that mean?” I asked.

“I have no idea,” Sohacki said, flipping through the magazine. “Looks to me like they’ve got more plugs than sockets in here.”

Sommer blamed the problem on his distributor and according to Lopez:

“Back at my office, I called Cybersocket. Morgan Sommer told me his company hires independent distributors to place magazines on racks all over L.A. County, and every once in a while someone simply dumps the stash and drives back to headquarters for a day’s pay. Sommer said the driver for the Echo Park area had denied any such thing.

But Sommer didn’t believe it.

“We’re firing him,” he told me…

Friday afternoon, I heard back from Gloria Sohacki.

“Cybersocket is sending someone over to get the magazines,” she said.

And people say there’s no good news in the paper.”

Full disclosure: Your editor briefly worked at Cybersocket years ago. We were young, we needed the porn.

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