Probably not. While interesting, it was not as thought-provoking as advertised. That combined with little to no actual sources to back up his claims, it is really just the author's word hoping to be taken as truth.
It was read well, however there are particular moments in the book where the audio cuts to what sounds like last-minute additions. The audio is lower quality, and sounds as though recorded through a built-in computer microphone.
It is a quick read, so I have no regrets.
This was very helpful. Holiday is good, no doubt about it...
However much the underbelly of New Media may shock you in this book, I cannot shake the feeling that Holiday sensationalized the book himself. His "unveiling" of how Youtube uses Thumbnails to increase Click-through-rate is not as crazy as he suggests. Although there is manipulation going on, I don't think it is bleak as he professes.
I DO recommend the book for anyone who makes their living from new media.
No, I wouldn't listen to this again. I couldn't listen to it the first time. His mono tone and lack of enthusiasm while presenting his story makes it extremely hard to follow. I literally had to shut it off after 15 minutes.
"Trust Me, I'm Lying"
88/100 - the real truth behind fake news, as told by a genuine faker
As consumers of endless streams of gossip, rumors, breaking stories, and speculative news, we owe it to ourselves to understand what drives online content, as well as what happened to reputation of journalists as tireless fact-checkers. In a world where fake news is a global concern, each of us owe it to ourselves to question the nature of the content that baits us into clicking. "Trust Me, I'm Lying" is an exposé on how the media is manipulated, as well as what can be won and lost in the process. This nonfiction book is written as a tell-all and a cautionary tale, so the writing is fairly straightforward as a former media manipulator confesses his sins and reveals the secrets behind his tricks. This is not to say that the lack of floral language makes the book any less gripping, however; as the book just barely is getting started, your jaw begins to drop -- from astonishment that these acts of truth-bending happen, from embarrassment that you believed it, and from outrage at how rampant it's become.
It's a six-hour audiobook, and it can could easily be consumed in an extended sitting in text form. Since you've spent years of your life reading and discussing news stories that aren't really news or stories, you owe it to yourself to learn what is happening behind the scenes.
Explains SO MUCH about why modern society, especially bleeding-heart sectors, is all about yelling. Highly encouraged to anyone; you'll be able to defend yourself better from manipulative campaigns.
important book that explains one of the biggest problem with social media. one of the early books (if not the most early) that explain fake news and Media manipulators. I'm sure Trump read it.
I feel like I could've stopped listening to it after getting the initial gist of media manipulation being rampant. But there were still some nuggets in there worth hearing. I hope I got them all.