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  • Summary

  • Join best-selling author Jon Ronson as he traces the story of one very strange butterfly effect: What happened after a teen in Brussels figured out how to make porn free and easily accessible on the internet. Traveling from the tech world of Silicon Valley to the San Fernando Valley, where most porn films were made, you learn the consequences of free porn, which turn out to be mysterious, shocking, sad, and, at times, even surprisingly sweet. A 7-part series takes you on a journey to places you'll never expect. [Explicit]

    When you add The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson to your library you will receive all 7 episodes, each with a runtime of approximately 30 minutes.

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  • Ep. 1: A Nondescript Office Building in Montreal

    Oct 24 2017
    [Contains explicit content] Join best-selling author Jon Ronson as he traces an intriguing butterfly effect. Many years ago, a teenager in Brussels had an idea - make porn free and easy to stream online. The consequences of that idea are surprising, delightful, and sad. They reach into areas of life no one could have expected. In this series’ first episode, meet Fabian Thylmann - that teen from Brussels.
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    26 mins
  • Ep. 2: The Fallow Years Between Teen & Milf

    Oct 24 2017
    [Contains explicit content] Jon travels to California’s San Fernando Valley, where most of the world’s porn is made. There he finds pornographers with lives upended by Fabian’s business plan. But it isn’t long before Jon discovers something extraordinary: a community within the porn world fighting back by embarking on a very strange enterprise - pornography written, filmed, and performed for an audience of one.
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    35 mins
  • Ep. 3: Something Happened

    Oct 24 2017
    [Contains explicit content] Jon journeys deeper into the mysterious and delightful world of custom porn, which may never have existed if it weren’t for Fabian. He meets producers and their clients, and discovers that these films offer a remarkable window into our inner lives.
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    31 mins

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Incredible story; couldn't stop listening

What did you love best about The Butterfly Effect?

The narrator/author is intensely compassionate, thoughtful, and respectful. His interviews are fascinating, touching, and often funny. The people he meets completely open up to him. The narrator is Welsh, but don't worry if you aren't good with accents. He's got a very engaging radio voice that I found soothing and completely comprehensible (I'm from the States).
The case the author presents on the ethics of free pornography is nuanced, not preachy. There is some sexual content, but this is not a sexy or sensationalist piece. There are a lot of big ideas here about public health, economics, change, and the human psyche. Like most well-executed analyses, this series doesn't really align with a particular political agenda. This series may be of interest to all kinds of people. Also, the narration and production quality are great.
This series left me thinking critically, especially about how to discuss pornography with kids. I feel enlightened but not depressed.

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Fascinating Subject

If you could sum up The Butterfly Effect in three words, what would they be?

Out Of Control

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The subject of free porn might be too taboo for the media to cover but Jon Ronson takes it by the horns. He highlights the ripple effects free porn has caused from the struggling porn industry to the side effects it has on the youth. Backed up with fascinating interviews it will open your eyes and shock you.

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The porn stars aren’t the whores of this story

Jon Ronson tells an interesting story but at its base is a bunch of thieves who stole the copyrighted content of other people and made money off it. They are criminals who should be in prison instead of millionaires. If they did the same to Star Wars they wouldn’t be bragging because Disney would prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. And Disney would win. They’d at least risk financial ruin if not jail time. (If they were this open about their crimes) They took advantage of people who had no power and used their sexual content in ways they didn’t convent to. They’re rapists.

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Great insight!

I enjoyed each episode. It is real, it is raw and it makes you step back and reflect.

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Follow Jon Down The Rabbit Hole

This was very good! One of the best AO audiobooks so far. The premise of Jon's investigation is the effect of one person's decision to change a said product (porn) with making it accessible to everyone and how it affects it's market and it's consumer's with unintentional results.

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Too much for a person like me. Don’t care for the lewdness.

Too explicit for me. Sounded as if I needed to go to confession for starting this book

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Well worth a listen.

Regardless of your view on porn this is a worthy listen. The good, bad, and the ugly.

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Jon Ronson (or is it Ron Johnson) is perfect

His themes are so original and curious - like a multi-hour TED talk, or something from This American Life. And his manner of speaking is simply charming. He’s genuinely curious. Get all his stuff.

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hooked from start to finish

the author is amazing at what he does. this story is captivating. an eye opening look into the porn Industry that highlights some really shocking hypocrisies about society. I hope Mr Ronson sticks with this story to see where it continues. I feel like there is so much more to tell and learn about this fascinating change in the world

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Ronson presents a great argument

technology will affect us all in different ways. Great material to ponder taken from an objective perspective

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