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Ryan Holiday dropped out of college at the age of 19 to apprentice under author Robert Greene. He went on to advise many bestselling authors and multiplatinum musicians, and served as director of marketing at American Apparel. He is the author of several books including Trust Me I'm Lying, Ego Is mostra'n més the Enemy, The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living (co-written with Stephan Hanselman), and Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys


Obres de Ryan Holiday

Ego Is the Enemy (2016) 1,169 exemplars, 22 ressenyes
Stillness Is the Key (2019) 616 exemplars, 7 ressenyes
Discipline Is Destiny: The Power of Self-Control (2022) 257 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
The Boy Who Would Be King (2021) 34 exemplars


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There are ways to manipulate the media, which in turn manipulates readers. This is a guide from a media manipulator on how to avoid being manipulated, or can be used to become a manipulator. The focus is on blogs, short for all online publishing which includes social media and major newspapers. They are all subject to the same incentives, and fight for attention. Bloggers are paid per pageviews which causes them to write as many blogs as possible that catch readers attention. If there are no stories to write about, they will invent a story. Delegating the investigation of the truth of a story to the readers. A vital part of news which readers are not paid for. Manipulating what bloggers write about is easy, leading to a situation where the reader is no longer informed by the news.

Conversations, ideas, and actions are sparked by what appears in blogs, making blogs important sources of spreading news. As blogs govern public opinion, understanding what governs blogs becomes vital for digital infrastructure. Traffic is power in the blog world. The more traffic, the more pageviews, the more profits being made. Pageviews depend on content, leading the blogs to post as many posts as possible. Reality is not always interesting or newsworthy, leading to blogs to circumvent reality and invent news. The headlines and content become more sensational because emotionally triggering news get more pageviews. All this is good for the blog as the bloggers profit, but at the expense of the public whose attention is misused.

News operates under a link economy where a story in a blog gets shared by others. Blogs influencing blogs. Blogs which have low traffic compete to get stories, which then newspapers try to confirm, which then pundits spread to even larger audiences. Articles in a blog become sources for other blogs. Small blogs legitimize stories for larger blogs. The income structure of blogs emphasis speed over other factors such as quality, information content, and accuracy. Established media operate under a different incentive, protecting their reputation. Those who already have a brand name invest in verifying the sources because they can wait.

The media system is defined and at mercy by what spreads. Many people and companies have become casualties of the misinformation that has spread about them. Along everyone else who has read the misinformation, as they are victims of crimes against truth. Speculation and sensationalism are the tools used to attack people. Unlike the scientific community where errors are corrected by the community in which prior research becomes the framework for future research, media community does not actually correct prior errors. Errors are amplified. Updating a correction to a blog later on provides the appearance of solving the problem, without actually solving the problem. Besides lag between the post and when the error corrections appear, they are usually being listed at the end of the article. Error correction can be used to amplify the error more by the way it is presented, and most people do not read the corrections. If a correction should be posted, usually after the damage has been done, fewer people see the corrections, and those that do tend to become surer of the information read before the correction.

News before had their own benefits and disadvantages, with the internet adding their own problems. The blog regime is defended by the publishers, those who propagate the problem. They follow what drives attention so claim to want people to like better stuff, as if the publishers did not participate in creating the situation. They claim that delegating the investigation to readers as a feature of the internet, as if it is not the publishers’ job to factcheck and verify. As Holiday points out that they pretend to be impartial observers even though it was they who started the process. Framing news narratives without taking ownership of them.

The problems discussed with the media were also perpetrated by the author. The author had fun doing it, but then felt bad about it. There appears to be a conflict of interest. The problem with this is that the author thinks this confession is doing justice to the media, while being paid to write about it, while attacking others who found that the manipulations that they do have social consequences. What appears to be missing from the book is what news should look like. There is little discussion on investigatory journalism making it appear that there is almost no trusted news. Holiday does point out that investigations, verification, and accuracy are and should be the responsibility of the bloggers, but it would have been beneficial to provide an understanding of a system of reporting that would be more informative than the one discussed.
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Eugene_Kernes | Hi ha 25 ressenyes més | Jun 4, 2024 |
You can read my full review here:

This is a claptrap of cliches, observations, and just recounting the same stories over and over and over. Its a padded out, extended, blog post, that could have been thinned down, or narrowed into a single chapter. But that doesn’t sell as much.

It reminds me of some of Paulo Coelho’s “pseudo – philosophical” claptrap books. The type that gets you invited onto Oprah and makes people love reading it because they feel smarter than they really are.

This is the equivalent for the frat boy “bruh” “alpha male” boys.

Firstly, lets start with the idea that the entire premise is predicated on a fault – that greatness relies on courage. And one can only obtain greatness via courage.

This is ironic because his previous book was Ego is the Enemy and flies completely in the face of this. So which is it Mr. Holiday? Whatever sells books I suppose.

This book is a collection of doctored stories repeated over and over and over and over and over, cherry picked evidence and a ton of cliche observations that are not worth the value of a paper they were printed on.

The Bible passages are certainly on that cherry picked side, and are often completely used out of context as well. I’m no Biblical scholar, and have even stopped being religious many years ago, but his usage of the Bible is ignorant, insufferable, and I imagine to the Christian populace probably problematic and annoying.

Another issue is the way the quotes and stories are presented. Its a jumbled mix and mash, a puzzle not yet put together into a coherent flow. At times the flow is right, at times he seems to have the correct unity, the correct grouping of stories and quotes and anecdotes with a loosely thinly tied bow to keep them all packaged together, but then theres many times that they are random, out of place, the bow is off, the pieces lay scrambled about the floor and are incoherent and rambling, and unnecessary or forced.
You can read the rest of the review here:
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BenKline | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | May 30, 2024 |
"Despair, that's on you." - "Why would you be your own worst enemy?"

I really liked this book, but I'm struggling with how to review it.

The overarching theme seems to be "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Personally, I hate this saying. It feels dismissive, it's telling someone who's sad to "just be happy."

However, I do appreciate the underlying messages about resilience and picking yourself back up after a fall. It's just the way these messages are delivered that I didn't quite connect with.

Overall, I give it 2 stars for its delivery, but I'm keeping it at 4 stars because I found the messages themselves valuable.
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selsha | Hi ha 36 ressenyes més | May 2, 2024 |



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