Jon Ronson

Writer and Documentary Film-maker

"Most goat-related military activity is still highly classified." - Jon Ronson, Men Who Stare at Goats

Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson is an author, journalist and documentary filmmaker. All his non-fiction books have been international bestsellers, including 'The Psychopath Test', which has spent two years on the bestseller list in the UK and ten weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in the US, and 'The Men Who Stare At Goats', which was adapted into a film starring George Clooney.   More recently he's co-written the screenplays for Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, and Okja, which showed at Cannes Film Festival 2017 and is on Netflix.

His many documentaries include Stanley Kubrick's Boxes, The Secret Rulers of the World, and seven series of the BBC Radio 4 programme Jon Ronson On... He writes regularly for The Guardian and US GQ. In the US he's also regular contributor to the PRI show This American Life, has spoken at the TED conference in Long Beach, and has appeared twice on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Jon aims to speak truth to power, even when those in power might not be what you expect. In 'So you've been publicly shamed' Jon tackles the twitter-sphere and the abuse of the democratisation of justice in engenders. Once, Twitter gave a voice to the voiceless, but now the best way to avoid being social media shamed, and all the real world implications that go along with it, is to stay quiet.

His latest book,  'The Elephant in the Room: A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the 'Alt-Right'', takes a more traditional approach to power, looking at President Trump's rise to office.

Jon examines the theory, shared by scores of eminent psychologists, that you are four times more likely to have a psychopath at the top of the tree than you are at the bottom.  Is psychopathy such a powerful brain anomaly that it has remoulded society all wrong, or are we are living in a world that's too ready to label people with mental health disorders?

Spend an hour in the company of writer and documentary film maker Jon Ronson, as he lets you into his wonderful world of weird happenings and strange characters - all based on his books and films.

The Psychopath Test

Weird happenings and strange characters

Public Shaming: how one tweet can ruin your life

 

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