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Jon Ronson at his best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-19

A deep dive coda to “The Butterfly Effect,” Ronson moves from the macro of Porn after Internet to the micro with the story of a single woman’s tragic death and it’s relationship to the internet and the broader porn world. Ronson zero-ins on her marriage with his totally unique blend of empathy, obsession, doggedness and grace. He turns the true crime genre on its head and he and his producer, Linda Misitzis have crafted a new type of long form non-fiction journalism that transcends the episodic format of the podcast but pulls you along with well placed refreshes of information to help you reorient in the soundscape of the real life porn community in crisis. In a crowded space of audio journalism about tragedy heading towards cliche and insensitivity, Ronson and Misitzis have thread the needle in an exceptional and revealing way.

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