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The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson Radio/TV Program

The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

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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

©2017 Audible Originals LLC (P)2017 Audible Originals LLC

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    "Amazing and consistent"

    I love Jon Ronson's work generally. This is no different. It is kind, insightful, poignant and wistful. And the ending is as beautiful as its subject matter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Kearney 01/08/2017
    Paul Kearney 01/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "incredible"

    This is incredible journalism. Ronson approaches the subject from many angles with a deep empathy.

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    "Beautifully binge worthy"

    Beautifully sensitive, a relevant current story for all of us to binge on. I enjoy the journey immensely

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "An absolute must listen!"

    This is such an insightful & engrossing podcast, I binged it in 2 days. do yourself a favour and listen now.

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    "fascinating and informative."

    this is well performed, informative and observes the industry from many unexpected aspects! a great listen

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    this wasn't what i thought i was buying. but i really found this book very interesting. well done

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    "Eye opening"

    Thank you Jon Ronson for a very interesting and informative journey through this topic. I didn't know what to expect when I started but I'm glad I gave it a shot. The world is changing at a rapid pace and you shed a lot of light on how a little change can have massive and far reaching consequences. Fantastic work.

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    "Incredibly interesting"

    Porn is a guilty pleasure of many people due to the advent of free online steaming services, but rarely does anyone think of the costs associated with that. Ronson manages to do so, and brings back some humanity to a cast of people that have long become thought of only as objects.

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    Aidan Caldwell 18/08/2017
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    "A must listen!"

    Amazing story telling on an interesting topic. I listened to it in one sitting! Very good

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    "Loved it, well narrated, intriguing"

    Great insight into the affect of free online porn streaming on the human condition

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  • awsurette
    3/08/17
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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.

    15 of 21 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Sophie Dee
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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.

    27 of 38 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.

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  • 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.

    15 of 22 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.

    14 of 21 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.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Curtis
    9/08/17
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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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
    28/07/17
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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.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    nottinghamshire, uk
    28/07/17
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    "Fascinating as always!"

    I love the work Jon does but this was out of the blue (no pun intended) and made even better by the fact that this is a fascinating glimpse into something people ironically think so little about. Brilliantly edited and presented well worth downloading!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    1/08/17
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    "brilliantly done"

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

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Slubberd
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    23/08/17
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    "Wonderful"

    Unexpected consequences. It was very This American Life in style. Loved it.

    Don't let the fact that it is about the porn industry put you off as it sprouts off in different directions. Fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mermaeve
    22/08/17
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    "interesting as always ..an engaging listen"

    Jon ronson is always value for money. love his style and the content is interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nick
    22/08/17
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    "Basically an advert"

    Smart move by the porn hub to get there name to ever more households I assume! Wouldn't bother

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    22/08/17
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    "Wish it was longer"

    Really interesting stories told in a compelling and occasionally moving way. An unusual insight into the dark side of porn, but where the dark side is the tech, and not the players themselves. I felt each episode could have, and should have been longer. There were questions unasked and individuals left too soon. Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicky D
    UK
    22/08/17
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    "Superb"

    I downloaded this for free not really knowing anything about it. I've never listened or read any Jon Ronson before but I will now (job done Audible!). He's thoroughly engaging, non judgemental, funny and warm. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr David Kemp
    22/08/17
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    "An interesting insight"

    An interesting insight into the impacts of free porn on the people who make it and the wider world as a whole. Whilst it highlights issues if didn't really offer any solutions and seems to lay the blame at the door of one man/site which is a bit ridiculous as there will be numerous factors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    22/08/17
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    "Incredible"

    A fascinating if uncomfortable story about the rippling, human effects of digital disruption in porn. A must for any Jon Ronson fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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