I first became aware of #JonRonson in the early 1990s when he had an early evening show on BBC2 called #TheRonsonReport. Ir was a half-hour documentary show which showcased Ronson’s trademark blend of investigative journalism and humor. It was really great, but it didn’t last very long. Sometime after that, I was at a large event for media students in London that my friend Juliet Coombe was organizing, and it turned out that Ronson was giving the keynote speech. He basically got on stage and ranted on bitterly for 20 minutes about how the people in power would chew us up and suck us dry and spit us out. I guess he wasn’t happy with #JanetStreetPorter for cancelling his show. Anyway, when he was done he stormed out through the middle of the room. He swept right past me, glowering so hard that I couldn’t tell him how much I had enjoyed his show, and his rant.
Anyway, I was most gratified when I learned some years later that he was the writer behind the movie The Men Who Stare at Goats, which was based on his book of the same name. Since then he’s written a series of books exploring the frontiers of our society. He’s always looking into cults and strange belief systems, and just the stranger workings of our human world. His other books include: “The Psychopath Test“, “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed“, and “Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries“, “Them: Adventures with Extremists“. All are essential reading.
In his younger days, Ronson was also the keyboardist in the Frank Sidebottom’s Oh Blimey Big Band, and he was played by Domnall Gleeson in the movie Frank.
I think this cartoon shows him when he’s a bit younger, after I saw him in London, while he was writing “The Men Who Stare At Goats”. But I did him holding a cell phone because he wrote a lot about Twitter and other social media in “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed“.