Loved this audiobook. Such an interesting subject...fascinating to learn the strategies used to exploit blogs and to discover the underbelly of our digital culture.
My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
But I had to quit listening part way through because the guy just reads it like he's trying to get done with a bad book. This guy can't even interest himself in his own book.
I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.
Holiday does a really good job of explaining how the media works in the internet age and how the pay-per-view culture of blogging encourages shoddy journalism.
What I will take away from this book is a better understanding of how easily we can be manipulated by the media, how little truth matters when it comes to drumming up buzz, and how important it is to be responsible as a writer and a blogger.
Highly recommended. You'll never be able to see an article from Gawker or Buzzfeed or the Huffington Post without thinking about what Holiday has to say in his book.
I teach Business, Economics, and English at a university in Tokyo. My interests are in politics, economics, and philosophy. I hold a BA in English Literature, and an MA in Political Science.
Mr. Holiday tackles a pretty tough issue in this book. He does it intelligently and informatively. There is a lot of conflict in its telling. It's like listening to Pandora lament about opening the box.
Mr. Holiday outlines the ways in which the news is being manipulated by the Internet. He does this from the POV of being a manipulator. Much of what he says is common sense, but seeing the illustrations and having it laid out in plain view somehow solidifies it in the mind.
If you are trying to start your own Internet blog sensation, this book is a must listen. If you are an avid Internet news consumer, this book is a must listen. If you never use the Internet for news, this book is a must listen.
While his reading felt like listening to a reading race, over time he either slowed down or I got used to the pace.
The content of this book is important and I wish everyone were familiar with it. Unfortunately the delivery is coarse - unnecessarily so in my opinion. I am not fully comfortable recommending it because I don't want to endorse the language but I do want as many other people as possible to be educated about this important subject. Hmm... Was that a neutral retweet?
The audio quality is poor though for me the material was worth listening through it.
This book opened my eyes to as the way the world's news is reported. I Now understand that with bloggers they can change the world news.
Insightful and, in a way, life changing. Made me realize what a sucker I was for click bait disguised as news. I deleted almost all media pages from my social media account and have saved a ridiculous amount of time by not scrolling through worthless "entertainment" anymore. Holiday cleverly manipulates you through this book as well. I would skip the 2nd half as it's mostly him getting justice on his bad experiences in the industry.