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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] 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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This was kinds boring... Not what I thought when I typed in Butterfly effect. #Audible1

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A very insightful view of the porn industry

Ever wonder what happened to the porn industry with the introduction of streaming online porn? This book weaves together a great tale of the ups and downs of online porn and what it takes to survive in this new world.

Wonderful interviews and ideas are presented for both the good and bad sides of pornhub. I wasn't expecting this book to be as good as it was!

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Very Entertaining

Another thoroughly entertaining title from Jon Ronson. It delved into a very interesting world and examined an interesting chain of events. I loved it.

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the most boring voice ever.

story is not that bad but the performance. its worst than anything else. I've for bored after 1st chapter but I gave it a chance till 4th and couldn't more.

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Great series

Amazing performances and story. Great audio quality. Capture the beginning of easy access online pornography and all the effects that this has on the people in the industry as well as the people who watch it.

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Boring

Author should stick to writing and leave narrating to others. Boring story- was definitely expecting something more exciting.

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  • Luke Wellborn
  • Tyler, Texas
  • 2017-09-07

Better than you think.

I downloaded the book because I was taking a family trip and I needed a book fast. I was familiar with the title because of the movie. THIS IS NOT THAT STORY. Later, while driving alone, I listened anyway. This story is intriguing. The writer clearly did his homework and carefully delved into his research. As an added bonus, there are different interviews throughout the story. To say the least, it was gripping. By the end of the story, I found myself with different views about free porn.

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  • Charles Atkinson
  • Greensboro, NC, United States
  • 2017-07-31

I will never forget it...

It is a brilliant concept in reporting. Follow the consequences of people's actions without judgement. This time it is chiefly about the effect an internet guru, Fabian, with no direct connection to the porn industry, yet he has become its largest distributor. In the process, his companies have decimated the porn film industry, transferring all the wealth from its producers to himself.

Its impossible for me to feel sorry for the porn industry, and I am not alone. I am not judgemental, its a fact well documented by Ronson. Like the girl in one of Ronson's interviews said, "No, I don't want to name a deer I have shot, because then I won't be able to eat it." (She had been asked if she followed specific porn stars.) This is one of many butterfly effects for porn performers, no one cares about them personally, Even people who watch porn disdain its performers. Yet, because of free porn sights, all of their work is easily attainable by anyone, anytime, forever. It makes it difficult to have a career outside of the sex industry without being discovered.

Then there is the Ashley Madison hacking scandal. It turns out, very few women populated the site, making it improbable male users actually carried out affairs. Most of the "women users" were in reality, bots. Men would spend hours having sexual conversations online with bots. One of the tragic butterfly effects involved a Baptist Seminary professor who killed himself after being exposed. From the tragedy, his adult children learned an incredible lesson. Hiding shame is deadly.

No matter where you stand politically, spiritually or morally on pornography, The Butterfly Effect is an enlightening and thought provoking work.

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  • ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!)
  • Tallahassee FL
  • 2017-08-11

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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  • nicorellius
  • Portland, OR
  • 2017-09-22

fabulous series, unexpected joy!

wasn't sure what to expect, so I got the title and started listening ... found it eye-opening and fun. at times sad, but overall hopeful. definitely recommend this!

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  • Brian L. Parker
  • USA
  • 2017-09-11

Interesting

I wasn't sure what I was getting with this book, but I'm glad I listened to it.

It's so interesting to see the far-reaching effects that free, streaming online porn has had on our society.

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  • Dax
  • 2017-08-29

Just OK...

This seemed bias. It was like... let's not do any real studies about porn. Instead let's just say porn is the reason for everything that is wrong in the world.

It reminds me of people blaming rap music for any increase in crime rates etc...

This was a very narrow look at this industry. I didn't like how sweeping accusations were made.

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  • aaron
  • los angeles, CA, United States
  • 2017-07-28

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.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2017-09-23

Canada

This is good journalism. It was entertaining and interesting. I did not feel that Jon supported either side and he certainly gave us things to think about. As one reviewer mentions, this is more about how tech and it's ability to make porn free have changed the whole business and how accessible it has made porn. While he talks about teens and how they are viewing porn, it is also a microcosm of how tech is changing the world.

One porn producer is upset about how difficult it has made his life, yet this is how tech has changed everybody's lives for the good and bad. I once dreamed about retiring and buying a used book store. I love books and love to be around them. I have a library in my house. I used to go to bookstores all the time. When my wife and I would go on vacation, we would spend a lot of time going to used book stores in the towns we traveled through. Now I listen to books through audio and write reviews. I rarely buy a hard copy. I will never buy a copy of this book, even though I liked it. Used books stores are going out of business along with the new book stores all across America. My dream is dead, yet I am part of the reason. Radio Shack and Video stores no longer exist. I drive a truck for a living and they are talking about self driving vehicles.

There is some good and some bad to this revolution.

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  • jsbsox
  • 2017-07-29

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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  • E. Scott
  • Los Feliz, CA
  • 2017-07-27

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.

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