The Butterfly Effect – Jon Ronson

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]

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Jon Ronson is a writer and documentary filmmaker. His work includes the international bestsellers Them: Adventures With Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats, which was adapted into a major motion picture starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.

A contributor to The Guardian, Ronson is the author of the columns “Human Zoo” and “Out of the Ordinary”. He writes and presents the BBC Radio 4 series, Jon Ronson On…

For Channel 4, Jon has made a number of films including the five-part series Secret Rulers of the World and Tottenham Ayatollah. His most recent documentaries are Reverend Death (Channel 4), Citizen Kubrick (More4) and Robbie Williams and Jon Ronson Journey to the Other Side (Radio 4).

In the US, he is a contributor to Public Radio International’s This American Life.

My Review:

I’ve been listening to audio books for a while now, but for some reason never tried a podcast until I received an email from Audible with a link to free Audible Original Podcasts and that was the moment I became hooked.

I also need to admit having heard of Jon Ronson, I haven’t read any of his books despite having a couple downloaded on my kindle.  The Butterfly Effect is a 7 part podcast, each episode 30 mins, about the tech industry and how free porn has affected so many lives in and out of the industry.

This is a fascinating and in depth look at how the porn industry has changed through technology and Ronson is a brilliant, objective and sensitive interviewer.  Each episode reveals a different side and aspect through interviews and Ronson’s observations.  Fascinating, sad, thought-provoking and amusing in places, I devoured each episode and then downloaded several more of Ronson’s audios immediately as I admit I became addicted to his voice!