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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] Free for a limited time, 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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What the Critics Say

"It makes for a gripping listen, a story that unfolds in a madly unpredictable way." (The Guardian)

"The Butterfly Effect has the same level of detail and widescreen storytelling that you would expect from a television documentary." (Financial Times)

"On the radio, Ronson comes across like Hunter S Thompson as played by Alan Bennett - an odd mix of gonzo chutzpah and cuddly politeness. He charms and is charmed by his interviewees. As a result, he has a rare gift for revealing the human side of people who have been dehumanised." (Daily Telegraph)

"An eye-opening and often heartwarming exercise in breaking taboos." (NME)

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    James F Dawes Malvern, Worcs. United Kingdom 25/08/2017
    James F Dawes Malvern, Worcs. United Kingdom 25/08/2017 Member Since 2013
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    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 28/07/2017
    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 28/07/2017 Member Since 2017

    A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin

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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.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    31/08/2017
    31/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Insightful"

    I find the content to be unique, insightful and eye opening.

    However, I find the music background of the audiobook can be a bit off a distraction. If the audio is tuned slower as the narrator starts to speak, would have been great.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    darren 18/08/2017
    darren 18/08/2017 Member Since 2012
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    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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    Raphael K. 11/08/2017
    Raphael K. 11/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "interesting!"

    Really interesting, wasn't expecting that. I wish there would be the same in other fields/sectors to see how big companies or monopolies affect small retailers or producers e.g. in the food industry...

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    01/08/2017
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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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    anony-mouse 24/08/2017
    anony-mouse 24/08/2017
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    "Jon Ronson is great as always."

    A funny and deeply thought provoking set of chapters. Definitely worth listening to. 5 stars.

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    WMA London, UK 08/08/2017
    WMA London, UK 08/08/2017
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    Was ok, not particularly in depth. Felt like listening to an extended Radio4 program. I downloaded because free and because I needed something to listen to that would last 3-4hrs.

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    Jane 16/08/2017
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    "eye opening and engrossing"

    I love the fact that Jon Ronson obviously spends years of his life researching his books. It's not some two week trip to the valley that hes using to write these stories. In this book I really felt the way he seems to say "yes" to every option, meet every person and hear every story in order to chase down how far the ripples extend. The result is fascinating and for me utterly engrossing. I was sad when it was over!
    I do think that more could have been said about the lives of the stars and the effects on them personally. but there are plenty of TV documentaries out there on this subject so its no great loss.
    One bad point - and its an audible issue not the authors fault, theres a disclaimer intro that plays at the start of each chapter and at the end of each chapter Jon reads the credits.. I guess this was originally a podcast.. thats fine but perhaps those snippets could be edited out when selling as an "audiobook" as they were annoying when listening to the book in one long stretch!

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    med c 29/07/2017
    med c 29/07/2017
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    "A freebie"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Since it's free, I told some of my friends about it.


    What does Jon Ronson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    the narration is good.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for the freebie

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  • awsurette
    03/08/17
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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.

    34 of 55 people found this review helpful
  • dia Lynch
    28/07/17
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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
  • Dan
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    29/07/17
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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.

    46 of 64 people found this review helpful
  • Jill Mayer
    11/08/17
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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.

    16 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Sophie Dee
    29/07/17
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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.

    35 of 50 people found this review helpful
  • ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!)
    Tallahassee FL
    11/08/17
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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.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • aaron
    los angeles, CA, United States
    28/07/17
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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.

    24 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • E. Scott
    Los Feliz, CA
    27/07/17
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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.

    21 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Danny Arab
    Canada
    11/08/17
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    "Creative thesis. Weak narrative."

    Interesting topic. It focuses on the idea of how Pornhub service that provides free porn have affected the world by using the metaphor of butterfly effect throughout the series.

    However, the points that were used in the documentary have struggled to be effectively persuasive to how they are related to the main topic of the documentary.


    It does on the other hand present some fascinating stories about the porn world and how it affects teenagers and its impact on the consumers.

    17 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Curtis
    09/08/17
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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.

    33 of 52 people found this review helpful

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