So, “Your Favourite Bloggers are Literally Crazy”… where to start…
Aw, the wonder of Google reader. If you publish a story, it keeps it stored for anyone subscribing to your news feed to read later. In fact, it also keeps news that has been deleted from sites, for whatever reason that may be. So interestingly enough, I just tripped upon a rather daring yet sensitive title for an article that has seemingly been removed, yet still remains with a snippet on my G-reader. The article was titled “Your Favourite Bloggers are Literally Crazy (And That’s Why They’re Popular)” and was written by Ryan Holiday for Forbes. Incidentally, Holiday has also just published a book called “Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator.” The book was released today and the Amazon description makes Ryan Holiday sound like quite the cocky blog bully… he writes…
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
Wow! So I’m thinking, Mr. Ryan Holiday, that you thought writing an article and calling all bloggers “Crazy” might just be the great piece of sensational news that drives massive book sales? Am I close, getting warm? However, looks like Forbes might not have been in on your big idea as the article seems to have vanished into thin air. And yet here I am writing about your misfortune with Forbes so it looks like you still win. And although your calling all bloggers crazy, I may just be crazy enough to buy your book and see what the heck it is you’re talking about.
Anyone else confused by what just took place here? Let’s recap.
Step 1: Outraged at an article about bloggers being called “crazy” and then finding said article has actually been removed.
Step 2: Tell the world about said article and the audacity of one man to even pen such a piece.
Step 3: Discover he has written a book that is released today, read description and start to scratch chin.
Step 4: Decide that while Mr. Holiday is wrong about all bloggers being “crazy”, his book actually looks like something that may be entertaining to read.
Step 5: Realize Ryan Holiday is in fact the ultimate manipulator that has brought me around from wanting to write Forbes a nasty letter for even considering his article to now placing an order on Amazon for his new book.
Dear me… maybe I am a crazy blogger after all!