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Trust Me, I'm Lying by Ryan Holiday
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Jul 21, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: economics, sociology, strategy
Read in August, 2012

(TODO: Need to eventually write a better review of this).

This is a very eye opening book exploring the flaws in the feedback loop between blogs and "legitimate" news media, especially pertaining the way fake, or exaggerated stories can be "traded up the chain" (his words) from a non-reputable blog to a major news organization like CNN. This should be especially interesting to anyone in the IT security industry, since this is a vulnerability at the semantic level and not one at the technological is a vulnerability that is allowing people and organizations to construct a semi-fake reality that they want you to see.

That being said, this vulnerability is built into humanity and is not really anything new, but the tactics in which it is exploited in this new age of the instantaneous news cycle and "feedback journalism" is well worth understanding. Hopefully we can figure out a fix at some point (he doesn't really offer any).

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