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Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator | [Ryan Holiday]

Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator

"You’ve seen it all before. A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. A political sideshow derails the national news cycle and destroys a candidate. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like me. I’m a media manipulator. In a world where blogs control and distort the news, my job is to control blogs—as much as any one person can."
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Publisher's Summary

"You’ve seen it all before. A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. A political sideshow derails the national news cycle and destroys a candidate. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like me. I’m a media manipulator. In a world where blogs control and distort the news, my job is to control blogs—as much as any one person can. In today’s culture…

  • 1) Blogs like Gawker, Buzzfeed, and the Huffington Post drive the media agenda.
  • 2) Bloggers are slaves to money, technology, and deadlines.
  • 3) Manipulators wield these levers to shape everything you read, see and watch—online and off.

"Why am I giving away these secrets? Because I'm tired of a world where blogs take indirect bribes, marketers help write the news, reckless journalists spread lies, and no one is accountable for any of it. I'm pulling back the curtain because I don't want anyone else to get blindsided. I’m going to explain exactly how the media really works. What you choose to do with this information is up to you."

©2012 Ryan Holiday (P)2012 Gildan Media LLC

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"Ryan Holiday is part Machiavelli, part Ogilvy, and all results… this whiz kid is the secret weapon you've never heard of." (Tim Ferriss, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek)

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    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-28-14
    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-28-14 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    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.

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    Kindle Customer Walpole, MA, United States 01-04-14
    Kindle Customer Walpole, MA, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.

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    What made the experience of listening to Trust Me, I'm Lying the most enjoyable?

    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 was one of the most memorable moments of Trust Me, I'm Lying?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gordon Dawson Creek, BC, Canada 10-22-12
    Gordon Dawson Creek, BC, Canada 10-22-12 Member Since 2011

    Web Developer, Eldoren Design, www.eldoren.com

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    "Can you afford NOT to read this?"

    I have to say, this is one of the best books I have listened to since I started with Audible. The writer presents information that I always suspected but couldn't nail down. He's current, articulate and must lead a very interesting life. Buying a book ( print or audio) is never hard but this author delivered about 200% value. The content speaks for itself. If you haven't read or listened to this book, give it some serious thought. You will NOT be disappointed! Great Job Ryan! Have you written anything else?

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    Elton Los angeles, CA, United States 08-13-12
    Elton Los angeles, CA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2004

    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.

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    "Don't Read Your Own Book, but Listen to This One"

    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.

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    Machine 07-21-15
    Machine 07-21-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Start Understanding How the Media Is....."

    ...... Manipulating You
    An excellent expose on the new media, social or otherwise, from the inside, by an insider.

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    Jorge 07-20-15
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    I liked the book, and the content, but the same theme was repeatedly too often and should have had more examples. Great job.

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    Kevin 07-20-15
    Kevin 07-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Essential reading for anyone online today"
    Where does Trust Me, I'm Lying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    An eye opener for those not in the industry.

    In today's world where we get our information from newsfeeds, blogs and online posts, this is essential reading.

    Understanding how the information that arrives on your feed is shaped and influenced is critical in today's world. This book gives you the tools to look over a news item with a critical eye, to better judge what intentions lie behind the piece of information presenting itself to you as news.

    On the other hand, if you're looking to make the news or shape it, this book also gives you the tools you'll need to start toying around with online media today.


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    ABDULHAKK JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia 07-04-15
    ABDULHAKK JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia 07-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    " frustrating and I didn't finish it"

    It's a shame that the book itself is good get the audio book really sucks I started it and I thought I would go along with it but the narrator who is the writer has nothing to do with telling a story. I wish it is narrated by somebody else.

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    Jason 06-28-15
    Jason 06-28-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Eye opening!! Another gem from Holiday!!!"

    Ryan Holiday is phenomenal talent that is inspiring and thought provoking. Trust I'm lying and the obstacle is the way are two must haves!!

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    Ian Hunter 05-29-15
    Ian Hunter 05-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Really enjoyed this story"

    Ryan is a smart guy who totally gamed the system. I'm such a fan of stories like these.

    It's like watching Die Hard and rooting for Hans.

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