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Posted - Aug 2 2019 : 5:47AM
Surprised to find that apparently there is no thread about this podcast series about the suicide of August Ames.

Basically Ronson first begins the series because of the cyberbullying angle, a subject he wrote an entire (excellent) book on.

But he eventually believes there are other, more relevant reasons for Ames suicide.

He wisely dismisses any paranoid murder theories but I think he spends more time and effort than is seemly on Ames' spouse, who while far from perfect hardly seems malicious and particularly culpable, moreso than any partner or family member of someone who commits suicide. While the personal history Ronson unearths is fascinating it does seem to place excessive fault onto her spouse.

The question of the Markus Dupree scene she shot and found excessively rough is also explored. Ultimately they find that while the scene obviously disturbed Ames she didn't really communicate her boundaries being crossed to Dupree or the crew. The claim I've seen online that this was her 'last' scene also seems groundless. She continued to shoot and work after the scene.

Ronson does note the black irony that Ames was more concerned about not making the crew feel bad rather than her own trauma from the scene.

Ultimately the answer to the why of her suicide seems pretty banal: she suffered from depression and anxiety, had a troubled background and was lonely and spiralling.

The often ludicrous, paranoid attempts to place blame in this case are largely discredited via this investigation, although I do feel Ronson does place undue blame on Ames' spouse, an odd blind spot. Whereas Ronson's The Butterfly Effect did a good job of not moralizing about the industry here I feel he does fall slightly into an inappropriately and perhaps even facile moral posture.

Edited by - BlackSix on Aug 5 2019

 
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Posted - Aug 2 2019 : 6:02AM
PS. The appearance of Mercedes Carrera, not-so-subtlely peddling paranoid theories I was surprised Ronson included here, is particularly ironic as she was Ronson also appears to have been oblivious to her foul-mouthed, unhinged and paranoid ranting persona on YT. An odd lapse of background checking that.

Edited by - BlackSix on 8/2/2019 6:04:51 AM

 
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Posted - Aug 16 2019 : 9:29AM
There was some discussion of the series in the August Ames Passes Away thread. Discussion starts around here. Happy to have a thread devoted to the series, though. Considering Ronson's recent work, maybe we should just have a Jon Ronson Reports on Porn thread.
 
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Posted - Aug 16 2019 : 9:36AM
Having re-read the thread, there's almost no discussion haha. So, from what I remember, I found the show unsettling in its decision to proceed with a "was she murdered?" narrative, even when they discovered later that she certainly was not. I think the way they structured the arc was pretty irresponsible.
 
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Posted - Aug 17 2019 : 3:35AM
I thought the same thing. I thought they handled the investigation of the Dupree incident pretty well though.
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