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Trust Me, I'm Lying by Ryan Holiday
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Jul 20, 12

Read in July, 2012

** spoiler alert ** This review is offensive and I think I am the only one who think this is funny.

I really learned a lot about the damages that untrained bloggers could cause a business, political figure, and even each other. I learned about the inflated goal of how many page views a website gets and the whoring for attention by all immoral bloggers. It made me look at the websites with a wary eye for their main agenda is to attact my attention. They even made it difficult to log on to give out an opinion on their websites to trick me into increasing the page view and at the same time view more ads. After reading that, it would be benefical for me to copy then paste the word "SHITTY" each time I give out my opinon on each website portrayed in this book.

I feel like an idiot for wasting my time in reading websites that tell me to click on that to lose weight, get rich, get a pecker stretcher (they probably would send me a rubber chicken on a stretcher), get a hot girlfriend, and many other secrets to happiness.

I am surprised the author did not mention one guilt trip internet charities lay on me. One strong example is putting a stop clock in a pop up, with the statement, "Every Forty Five Seconds, a Eithopia Child Dies." Then forty five, forty four, forty three... First of all it takes me at least one minute for me to get off the porn website that I was watching. Second of all how many children have to die before I decide to cease viewing porn? How many is forty five seconds in ten hours? Who knows?

While I agree with the author that soul crushing snark is wrong, I can't help but think some of them are pretty damn funny. Especially the one about a public figure living in a masturbatorium. But I could see how that could quickly turn back on the person who thinks he or she is funny. It made me ashamed to guess why Kelly Osboure got a black eye on the recent flight over and then immediately to myself, "I did not know that women had to do the dishes on the airplane." I guess it is only funny if it happens to someone else.
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