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The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson Radio/TV Program

The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

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Publisher's Summary

From best-selling writer Jon Ronson and the executive producer behind the TED Radio Hour and Invisibilia, Audible Originals presents a new seven-episode series, The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson.

[Contains explicit content] Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

About Jon Ronson:

Known for exploring the fringes of society, Jon Ronson is a best-selling writer, noted documentarian, and screenwriter – including the award-winning Frank and critically acclaimed Okja. He is the author of international hits So You've Been Publicly Shamed, The Men Who Stare at Goats, and The Psychopath Test, amongst others. A TED Talk favorite, Ronson is also a regular contributor to public radio's This American Life, the New York Times magazine, and GQ magazine.


A Note from Jon:

Hi everyone,

Welcome to The Butterfly Effect. It's sort of about porn, but it's about a lot of other things. It's sad, funny, moving and totally unlike some other nonfiction stories about porn - because it isn't judgmental or salacious. It's human and sweet and strange and lovely. It's a mystery story, an adventure. It's also, I think, a new way of telling a story. This season follows a single butterfly effect. The flap of the butterfly’s wings is a boy in Brussels having an idea. His idea is how to get rich from giving the world free online porn. Over seven episodes I trace the consequences of this idea, from consequence through to consequence. If you keep going in this way, where might you end up? It turns out you end up in the most surprising and unexpected places.

So if you're thinking, why do I want to listen to a show about the tech takeover of the porn industry, I have two things to say:

1. Why wouldn't you want to listen to a show about the tech takeover of the porn industry? That's a great idea for a show.

2. Would you want to listen to a show about three women destroying a mysterious Norwegian man's stamp collection? Well, that happens at the end of episode 2. At the end of Episode 3 a woman becomes convinced that she played a part in a murder committed by an Italian priest. At the end of Episode 4 a boy in Oklahoma is forced to move to a house on the very, very edge of his town.

I hope you like our show,

Jon Ronson

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    ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!) Tallahassee FL 08-11-17
    ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!) Tallahassee FL 08-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Pros and Cons of free porn."

    I have to admit the only reason why I got this is because it was free. i am so glad I gave this a chance. This podcast, interview, investigative journalism really made me think of what actually happens when porn becomes free. Jon Ronson does a very good job being objective. He not only follows the Grandfather of free porn but also the actors, the victims of free porn, the people who have anxiety becuase of the easy access.

    I will never think of Pornhub the same way again.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 08-19-17
    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 08-19-17 Member Since 2009
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    "So Glad It Was Free"

    If it hadn't been free, I would have returned it. Considering all the glowing reviews, I'm not sure what I was listening to. Not even historically interesting, I found it vapid and devoid of any relevance. IMHO.

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    Dan Louisville, KY, United States 07-29-17
    Dan Louisville, KY, United States 07-29-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Dark and disturbing with flashes of hope."

    While the business aspect of this story was interesting, the obvious human toll is completely tragic. More so because of its avoidable nature. Like the opioid epidemic, I feel this epidemic is effecting our society to a much greater extent than we first thought. The main difference is porn is more wide spread and effects far more people. Alarming stats, well written, and done from a humanistic angle this is a disturbing but worthwhile ADULT listen.

    49 of 67 people found this review helpful
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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 07-28-17
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 07-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Jon Ronson is Hunter S. Thompson on Xanax"

    Jon Ronson is one of the funniest, wittiest, most original voices in investigative journalism today. His style reminds me of a less-coked-up version of Hunter S. Thompson. This works well for him because he puts his subjects at ease, while he extracts the juicy bits.

    Jon is the PERFECT man to explain the evolution of free internet porn, and he knocks this assignment out of the park! I only wish it were maybe 4 times longer. There's so much deeper he could've gone into the seedy underbelly of the porn world, and how it's disintegrating from its base - mutating into something much darker and more dangerous than it already was. That aside, there is NOTHING I would fix about this program (it's not a book, FYI).

    I highly recommend it for anyone who has ever masturbated to free porn.

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    dia Lynch 07-28-17
    dia Lynch 07-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great listen!"

    I enjoyed how tasteful this book was around the topic of sex and how compassionate the writer was. He exposed the evolution of porn in such a an interesting and engaging way!

    33 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Sophie Dee 07-29-17
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    "fantastic as always!"

    Ronson is a fantastic narrator and storyteller. This was touching, strange and beautiful, as well as disturbing at times. definitely worth a listen.

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    Curtis 08-09-17
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    "Ignores large issue"

    Interesting listen, but unforgivable that it ignored the rise in sex trafficking due to the rise of free porn. For a story about the unintended consequences of free internet porn to leave out the most tragic impact it has is ridiculous.

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    E. Scott Los Feliz, CA 07-27-17
    E. Scott Los Feliz, CA 07-27-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Another quirky fantastic story by Jon Ronson"

    Jon Ronson points his gaze on the porn industry and takes an uncompromising look at the social impacts of free porn on the culture and youth of today. Filled with tenacity, great interviews and unexpected insights into our common humanity, this is Ronson at his finest.

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    Jill Mayer 08-11-17
    Jill Mayer 08-11-17
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    "Interesting"

    I had no idea what I was going to be listening to when I started. But I listened to it almost straight though and thought it was interesting. It's definitely given me ideas on things I should talk to my kids about.

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    awsurette 08-03-17
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    "A different look at how porn has affected society"

    An interesting look at the people who make porn in a rapidly changing world. This series is not so much about porn but how evolving technology has changed the way the porn industry functions.

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    "Something Literally From Out of the Blue!"

    Of course having recently completed some historical fiction and a very thoughtful Irish drama the obvious next step is to listen to a docu-drama about free Internet porn. Right? Okay, well it is if you've heard interesting things about Jon Ronson and Audible shove it under your nose, ironically for free!

    I wasn't sure quite what to expect but I was genuinely fascinated by Ronson's journey. This wasn't gimmicky or judgemental, rather it was sympathetic to a multi-faceted subject. To my mind Ronson achieves what he set out to do and fully demonstrates something like a butterfly effect. It's often true that some of the most significant consequences of modern progress are the unintended ones as he ably demonstrates. Sometimes we improve trivial convenience to great fanfare only to sweep more consequential impacts under the carpet. I say "something like" a butterfly effect because it's clear that Pornhub had a rather heavier tread than your average fluttering insect.

    He gets to a lot of the human stories behind the free porn scene and regardless of your views on porn in general there is a real story to be told. This is a decent piece of work and I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest on how the modern world works. With Ronson's production you can make up your own mind about the issues and people involved.

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  • James F Dawes
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    "Wow, just wow."

    Cannot recommend this enough. A must for fans of Ronsons work but essential listening for anyone, especially those who on the face of it might normally avoid this subject.

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  • darren
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    "Wow!"

    Started listening and thought I knew where it how it would end, totally wrong, really well done program, thought provoking and handled with care, enjoyable and informative, 5 star listen.

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    "brilliantly done"

    i cried. i laughed and i overall learned.
    awesome everyone should check it out now.

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  • Anonymous
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    "Classic Jon Ronson storytelling with captivating and emotive interviews."

    Tightly woven human centred storytelling. Jon's childlike curiosity isn't out of place in the porn world. His questions encourage tales that manage to shock you, both through the content and sympathy you didn't expect to feel. The music and humour drive the investigation along and by the end I'm asking myself some important questions, but still smiling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Borbála
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    "A superb documentary"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a thorough, very well made and unbiased work that looks at this very controversial topic from so many different angles. The topic of porn is such a divisive one and people have such polarised opinions it was a true novelty for me to hear the same person represent it from so many different viewpoints


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was somewhat traumatic to hear that the traffic on porn sites significantly increases after bank holidays and Valentine's Days as the intensity of a family program or "being forced" to be with their wives too long drives men to wanting a change.


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  • Alice Jennings
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    "Terrifying but interesting listening."

    We need more people to bring awkward subjects into the public domain in an easy to digest way. Jon does this so well and while I wouldn't say I enjoyed this book I am glad I listened. Essential reading for parents.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dayna
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    "A wonderful insight."

    So interesting and beautifully presented. Really enjoyed. Very easy listening and the time seemed to fly by.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob Ryde
    9/9/17
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    "Another wonderful book by Jon Ronson"

    Loved it. It's a short but powerful book, allowing me to immerse myself and listen to the whole thing straight.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
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    "a good idea well presented"

    The idea of small things having big affects in peoples lives is actually not a new concept, it has been there for many many years and many authors have written great social commentaries and books about it.

    what makes this unique is the prespective it brings through its association with something as controversial as pornography. And how one idea creates ripple affects
    that are unbelievably huge and true.

    i perticularly like how the series describes this in the contemporary or modern sense and yet remains utterly unbiased.

    great piece of work !!! if you have the penchent to question your own prejudices this compilation is definately for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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