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The Butterfly Effect

Written by: Jon Ronson
Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
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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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Good story, terrible narrator

The story is interesting and worth a listen. That is, only if you can get over the narrator. The way he paces his words is mildly infuriating. He also puts an unnecessary emphasis on the words "porn" and "Fabian" when he says them (and trust me he says them very often). He also seems to be ver uncomfortable with the porn industry, making comments that come off as condescending, such as referring to those who work in the industry as "porn people".

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Interesting story. Horrid narration

If you can get past the narration, this is a really interesting and entertaining story and listen.

Unfortunately the narrator sounds like a kid in the candy store. Which given the topic and some of the settings comes across as borderline creepy.

But hey....other than that....

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Interesting Concept but Surface Deep

I enjoyed the snippets of deep diving into questions but I feel like it really missed the mark in terms of investigative journalism. there were many interesting side stories that could have been elaborated on, been more interestingly questioned but the producers opted instead for shorter episodes.

I felt the journalist had a good timbre and tonal quality which made listening to him easy however there were moments I felt could have been genuine openings to a more sympathetic view of the adult industry that were instead given the token laugh and glossed over.

All in all, it was an interesting listen but I feel like it didn't do much to explore the adult industry's future and what it means to work in the adult industry nowadays.

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  • Leigh
  • 2018-02-01

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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  • mike
  • 2018-03-31

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.